Will Zika virus spread to U.S.?

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Several cases of Zika virus have emerged in the U.S., but Dr. Anthony Fauci says those people were bitten while traveling abroad and the virus is not spreading …

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  1. Zika virus in Africa??
    I was born in Africa and never heard of anyone plagued with the virus. I have never even heard of the word Zika neither have I encountered any African with Microcephaly.

  2. Wait one minute my Brazilian friends?
    The evidence linking Zika to microcephaly is circumstantial. The real reason may be a case of mercury poisoning. Most of Brazil’s microcephaly cases are in the northeast. Brazilians love fish and gold mining.
    Why haven’t they also shown up in proportional numbers in other countries hit hard by Zika, such as Colombia?
    See: The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science website.
    Knowledge about the extreme vulnerability of the fetus to methylmercury began with the Minamata Bay, Japan experience. High exposure to methylmercury occurred in Minamata. A chemical company released mercury into Minamata Bay and polluted the bay heavily for decades. Mercury accumulated in the aquatic food chain. The released mercury was methylated in the aquatic food chain leading to high levels of mercury in fish. The local fish was very high in methylmercury, and the local population consumed high amounts of the fish. Eating the fish, pregnant mothers did not only burden themselves, but methylmercury was transferred in utero to the fetus. This caused severe neurological complex symptoms and severe birth defects. While the mothers were usually without symptoms of mercury poisoning, their babies were born severely damaged with microcephaly, cerebral palsy, severe mental retardation,
    For nonoccupationally exposed individuals, the main source of methylmercury exposure is through consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish.35 Mercury cannot be eliminated by cooking.
    Neurodevelopmental effects in the fetus are associated with maternal exposure. Mercury can also cause neurocognitive deficits and neuromotor disabilities. As mentioned earlier, 3 extensive epidemiologic studies among fish-eating populations have assessed mother– child pairs for prenatal methylmercury exposure and the resulting impact on child development.
    Although gold mining is extremely dangerous work for children, tens of thousands of children can be found in the small-scale gold mines of Africa, Asia, and South America. Children work both above and under ground. Mercury is mixed with the crushed ore or sediments to separate out the gold. Mercury is very often mishandled by small-scale miners. It can be absorbed through the skin or through inhalation of mercury vapor. Seeping into the soil or water supply, it can contaminate food and drinking water. Informal gold miners often do not wear protective clothing and most do not know about the proper handling of mercury. In some countries mercury amalgamation is done at home by women, which exposes other family members, including very young children, to mercury.

  3. Would an immunization prevent the deformities, or would mild transmissions still result in them? I suppose the answer is probably yes, but you're not sure. We should knock this one out of the park over the next couple years. I mean we're talking Brazil here.

  4. U all dont have to wait til mosquitoes arrive ur elected officials in Michigan will finish u off with that contaminated water! They knew for near 2 years an did nothing. At least u know about this before u see thousands of small headed babies born an wonder y. They r creating genetic ally modified mosquitoes they say to kill the bad ones. Do ur research. If they create'good' ones y cant they create bad. U all have morr to worry about than a virus that hasn't reached u yet.

  5. U all dont have to wait til mosquitoes arrive ur elected officials in Michigan will finish u off with that contaminated water! They knew for near 2 years an did nothing. At least u know about this before u see thousands of small headed babies born an wonder y. They r creating genetic ally modified mosquitoes they say to kill the bad ones. Do ur research. If they create'good' ones y cant they create bad. U all have morr to worry about than a virus that hasn't reached u yet.

  6. MSM is lying its from the immigrants. This disease is from Syria due to the rotting body's laying around for months at a time.the mosquito feeds from the body's and then transmits to the living…do your research…

  7. With a wide open border it's sure to spread and if it happens to anybody I know, Obama will be responsible, especially since his border patrol and other checkpoints are performing "inspections" to stop fruit contaminate with insects from crossing the border between states.

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