Dr. Hunter: "No mosquito infection data
supports Zika transmission by Aedes aegypti in Brazil."
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.
So far, she has completely analyzed one wild-caught Culex mosquito and confirmed that the virus was indeed in its saliva.
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 with this glaring realization:
There was "no mosquito infection data to support ZIKV [Zika virus] transmission by Aedes aegypti in Brazil."
There was Zero Mention of Culex Mosquitoes
Below is only a partial screenshot [Fair Use]
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).
Curious, I clicked on the link to the special offer and this is what appeared:
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.
Related: Zika Virus: Our Tainted Blood Supply
Dr. Fiona Hunter During Her Presentation
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:
That statement changes everything.
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.
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.
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)
"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
Culex Pipiens and Aedes Aegypti Require
Different Vector Eradication Efforts and Strategies
"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
"[There's] nothing to suggest Culex playing any role in transmission of Zika."
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).
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.
Author's note: All of my citations have a clickable link to their source. The list found in the bibliography at the end of this page.