Dr. Hunter: "No mosquito infection data

supports Zika transmission by Aedes aegypti in Brazil."

Distribution of Culex pipiens mosquitoes
Credit: NASA Mosquito Distribution Maps (2002)

Culex Mosquitoes

Could Be Responsible

Canadian medical entomologist, Dr. Fiona Hunter, works at Brock University’s CL3 (Containment Level 3) lab. Brock is one of the few universities with an insectary.

She has been testing mosquitoes with two strains of the Zika virus; one from a 2013 outbreak in Thailand and the other from Puerto Rico’s outbreak this year.[1] 

So far, she has completely analyzed one wild-caught Culex mosquito and confirmed that the virus was indeed in its saliva.[2]

In fact, out of 50 wild-caught Culex mosquitoes, 11 have the Zika virus somewhere on their bodies.

My previous post Zika Facts You Are Not Being Told and CDC's Cover-Up highlighted the findings of Dr. Constancia Ayres from Fiocruz in Brazil. Both Hunter and Ayres have compelling data that's a game changer.

It should be rewriting the story of Zika.

But the disturbing part is that these two esteemed medical entomologists have been somewhat ignored in certain corners of the scientific community and in mainstream media.

Dr. Hunter presented her findings at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida. Scroll over to the 59:00 mark to hear her talk:

Entomological Society of America

In March 2016, Dr. Hunter came away from the Summit on Controlling Aedes aegypti in Maceio, Brazil[3] with this glaring realization:

There was "no mosquito infection data to support ZIKV [Zika virus] transmission by Aedes aegypti in Brazil."

When I Googled this summit, this was the first page that came up by the Entomology Society of America:

There was Zero Mention of Culex Mosquitoes

Below is only a partial screenshot [Fair Use]

Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas
Credit: Screenshot of https://entomologychallenges.org/grand-challenges-summit-on-aedes-aegypti-mosquito-in-brazil

Wow, when I checked it out, I circled (in red) the "special (temporarily free)" offer of an entire collection of articles that support only Aedes aegypti and Zika virus research. No where is Culex mentioned.

I feel like everyone on the planet has had this "theory" pushed on them (and only medical entomologists would be the wiser). Was it because the WHO shares an unethical partnership with the International Olympic Comittee[10] (IOC)?

And with a flawed Zika test that fails to catch 40 percent of cases, I highly suspect this is part of the reason we aren't hearing about Zika cases diagnosed in Olympic participants and attendees.

Curious, I clicked on the link to the special offer and this is what appeared:

Special Collection on Aedes Aegypti and Zika Virus research
Credit: Screenshot of http://www.oxfordjournals.org/en/our-journals/medicine-and-health/aedes-aegypti-zika-virus.html

Come and Get 'Em While Its Hot!

For Data, I've Never Seen Such a Sales Pitch Before

Talk about an obvious push to keep Aedes aegypti as the main culprit. And it appears that the articles were free until September 30th, 2016.

I suppose from March until September, whoever is behind this (there is no author's name attached, of course) felt a good six months worth – of media and scientific community brainwashing – would suppress the proof that Ayres and Hunter had to come up with.

It won't work forever. The truth is coming out. But sadly, it's too late for this wave of Zika infections.

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Dr. Fiona Hunter During Her Presentation

Dr. Fiona Hunter shows her slide (no proof of Aedes aegypti in Brazil)
Credit: Screenshot of YouTube video by Entomological Society of America [Fair Use]

Dr. Hunter went on the explain that the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) or someone had perhaps wrongly associated the Zika virus with Aedes-associated viruses instead of Culex-associate viruses.

At the 1:03:16 mark, Dr. Hunter states:

"If you look at the support for the phylogenetic placement [of Zika virus], there is 99 percent support for that node saying ... that the clade includes West Nile, Saint Louis encephalitis, and Zika virus."

That statement changes everything. 

And it supports the earlier evidence (May 2016) by Dr.Constancia Ayres that "after checking over 1500 mosquitoes, nearly half were Aedes aegypti and most of the rest were Culex quinquefasciatus, a common mosquito. About 5 percent of the collected mosquitoes were other species."[4] 
Up next is a cladogram in the public domain that I filled in with the viruses that Dr. Hunter mentioned to demonstrate her points. Note: Anyone can use my diagram below, I only ask that you credit me and provide a link to this article.
Modified Clade by RoseWrites to Demonstrate Dr. Hunter's Points
Credit: Clade Branches by Petter Bøckman [Public Domain] Text Added by RoseWrites Oct. 10, 2016

Dr. Walter Leal, a biochemist and entomologist with UC Davis who wasn’t involved in the research, says the papers presented at the conference “strongly suggest, and I believe” that Culex quinquefasciatus is a Zika vector.[5]

If any mosquito species spreads Zika, public health authorities should address it, even if it's not the primary vector. “If we focus only on Aedes, it could be a big mistake,” he says.[5]

Related: Zika and Its Path: What Our Public Health Authorities Are Hiding 

WHO May Be Leading Brazil Down Wrong Path

March 24, 2016 The Globe and Mail Provided Clues

Researchers have now established that a 2013 outbreak of Zika in French Polynesia is the same strain [as in Brazil]. But the virus was not found in Aedes aegypti there; nor was it found in the 2007 outbreak on the Pacific Island of Yap.

"I believe Aedes can transmit the virus. But I believe it is possible that Culex is the major vector in Brazil." ~ Dr. Constancia Ayres, medical entomologist at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz)[6] 

"The fact that there are no data as far as I can tell that Aedes aegypti is driving this Zika epidemic just flabbergasts me." ~ Dr. Fiona Hunter, medical entomologist at Canada's Brock University[6]

Related: A Crime Against Humanity: How the CDC and WHO Are Promoting the Global Spread of Zika

Culex Pipiens and Aedes Aegypti Require

Different Vector Eradication Efforts and Strategies

Culex pipiens versus Aedes aegypti
Credit: Left image: Katja Schulz on flickr (CC-by-2.0) | Right image: USDA on flickr photo by Stephen Ausmus (CC-by-2.0)
Comparison of Culex Pipiens and Aedes Aegypti
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel (Rose Webster) Note: Reuse allowed with proper credit and a link to this article.
"Some populations [of Culex] have already adapted to living side-by-side with humans ... and are as efficient at biting humans as Aedes aegypti. Larvae will develop in sewers and pit latrines and adults live in people's houses." ~ Dina Fonseca, entomologist at Rutgers University, New Jersey[7]
Even though there was evidence in March 2016 that the Culex species of mosquitoes was (and is) a likely vector, a May 2nd, 2016 post by Aleszu Bajak in Undark confirmed how determined the CDC is to only acknowledge Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus as vectors of the Zika virus.
Tom Skinner, a CDC senior press officer, responded to Undark in an email:

"[There's] nothing to suggest Culex playing any role in transmission of Zika."[7] 

I no longer believe that the WHO, CDC, and Health Canada are keeping an open mind to all of the evidence presented. And they are failing to protect public health by not enacting level 3 and level 4 travel restrictions. Their jobs include prevention; to mitigate the spread of disease. 

Ways You Can Help

You can sign my Change.org petition (you do not have to donate any money and you can write "no sorry" in place of postal or zip code)CDC Cover-up: Zika Test Fails to Detect 40 Percent of Infections (Enact Travel Bans).[8]

On Zazzle, I created some products that promote the prevention of the spread of Zika. Every item purchased will help fund Zika research (either in Canada and/or Brazil): Zika: Let's Stop a Global Pandemic Collection.[9]

Author's note: All of my citations have a clickable link to their source. The list is found in the bibliography at the end of this page.