Zika virus now in U.S.


Researchers are trying to stop the spread of Zika, a virus spread by mosquitoes, in the United States. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reports.



  1. 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.

  2. president wants 1 billion for research and medicine for zika ,we do not have an epedmic here so who will it benefit,just like the ebola scare,more people are dieing from bad food,water.

  3. man Americans believe anything they're told. ugh… if anything this virus is really serious, it's not only transmitted through mosquitoes it is also a sexually transmitted disease. this could easily half our population.

  4. Key to controling the virus ,or spreading it!!!
    Airconditioning? they will just bite you when you come outside!! Is she that dumb!!FFS!
    Are you supposed to stay inside your house for the rest of your life???

  5. theyre telling everyone involved or near a tropical island with a case of zika should avoid pregnacy for 2 years… sounds more like they want population to drop than to help… maybe i dont know much about this virus but yea…

  6. Zika can be carried by THE MOST COMMON Mosquito in America AND it's determined to be sexually transmitted now as well. You damned RIGHT there's something to be worried about! We ARE talking about a fully mutagenic virus here. What I want to know, is where the Hell did it come from, and is it Patented?

    Here's what Google has to SAY on THAT:
    Zika virus (ATCC® VR-84™) The Zika virus was patented in 1947
    Why do I all of a sudden smell a RAT?

  7. Yes the mosquitoes appear from "no ware" and then flies from Brazil to Africa then do a pit-stop in Australia and finish in Hawaii. Stay tune for the next version Ebo-Zika V2. Soon available near you! (Not available for the Eskimos)