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"...Here are five things that will happen next.
One: Health agencies and reporters will mention cases of microcephaly in other countries, and they will automatically connect them to the Zika virus, or they will suggest there could be a connection. This baseless claim is part of the operation to build up the story and spread fear. Microcephaly can be caused by any insult to the brain during fetal development.
Two: There will be more stories about the rush to develop a vaccine against Zika, the virus that hasn’t been proved to cause anything serious.
Three: Some independent researchers will continue to insist that Zika is actually a weaponized biowar virus. They will ignore the fact that, as yet, Zika hasn’t been shown to cause microcephaly. Or they will point to genetically engineered mosquitoes and the Tdap vaccine as the cause of the Zika epidemic—when there is no proof the epidemic exists. Yes, the vaccine and the mosquitoes are quite dangerous to health, but there is no reason to tout a Zika/microcephaly epidemic when proof isn’t there.
Four: The truth here is: absence of evidence. On the one hand, the CDC and the World Health Organization will grudgingly admit it would be useful to assemble more hard evidence connecting Zika to microcephaly. On the other hand, they will press forward with emergency warnings to pregnant mothers; travel advisories; and they will emphasize the need to come up with a vaccine. Then, they’ll forget all about the need for more evidence.
Five: Investigators and researchers will ignore the fact that there is a very real health crisis in Brazil, and it has existed for a long time. The rampant use of toxic pesticides, grinding poverty, contaminated water, lack of basic sanitation, overcrowding, the takeover of farm land by major corporations, prior toxic vaccine campaigns—these are all factors that cause massive illness, suffering, and death in Brazil.
Six: Those Brazilian researchers who went back in and looked at their own evidence for a second time and found no proof of a microcephaly epidemic and no causal connection to the Zika virus? The World Health Organization and the CDC could move in and apply some heavy pressure and arming-twisting:
originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
there is a very real health crisis in Brazil, and it has existed for a long time. The rampant use of toxic pesticides, grinding poverty, contaminated water, lack of basic sanitation, overcrowding, the takeover of farm land by major corporations, prior toxic vaccine campaigns—these are all factors that cause massive illness, suffering, and death in Brazil.
Is this a giant hoax?
There are 20,297 confirmed cases of the disease in Colombia, the national health institute said in a epidemiology bulletin, among them 2,116 pregnant women.
How many cases of microencephaly WERE there? 245, as the WHO and Brazil's government tell us? Or the thousands of cases (source unknown)?
Some scientists said the new data suggest that Brazil will have fewer cases of Zika-related microcephaly than originally feared. The country may have over-counted microcephaly cases because it initially asked doctors to report all births of babies with a head circumference of 33 centimeters or less — but some of those were simply children with normally small heads.
Although some of the suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly have been discounted, scientists and health officials are hardly breathing easy.
There is some preliminary evidence that even babies born in Brazil with normal-size heads may have developmental defects, according to Albert Ko, an infectious disease doctor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. Ko has been working with colleagues at maternity hospitals in Salvador, Brazil’s third-largest city and one of the places where the epidemic is most pronounced, to study what is causing the birth defects in newborns.
Ko cautioned that the evidence so far is “extremely anecdotal.” But it is worrisome, he said, because clinicians are finding neurological lesions and smaller brains even in babies who look normal.
originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
a reply to: Phage
atypical white mater wasting and microcephaly after DTaP
Her development was normal till 1 yr of age, when she had independent walking and speaking two words with meaning. No new milestones were then achieved. Weight was 6000 g, (below 3 standard deviations), height was 80 cm, and head circumference was 39 cm (below 3 standard deviations).
Neurological deterioration shows a chronic, progressive, and episodal course. These episodes may follow minor head trauma or infection. Deterioration may lead to lethargy or coma.
Conclusion: based on the clinical and laboratory abnormalities she was diagnosed with VWM disease. Parents were not given consent for the genetic test; hence, mutational studies were not done. This is a limitation of our report. In our child, involvement of other organs like hepatosplenomegaly and growth failure was noted. Rare findings in our case were early age of onset, growth failure, microcephaly, hepatosplenomegaly, and developmental arrest after first years of life and provocation following DPwT vaccination. In conclusion, VWM disease should be suspected
in case of microcephaly .