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Zika Facts You Are Not Being Told and CDC's Cover-Up

By Edited Nov 6, 2016 2 0

How Can Gov't Health Authorities Ignore This?

Zika belongs to the virus group that is spread by Culex

Mosquitoes collected and Zika virus infection of potential vectors, Kédougou, 2011.
Credit: Diawo Diallo et al. (2014) Table 2. Published October 13th, 2014 | PLOS one research article

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Any Trip in the World

Never have I been so concerned about millions of lives before, the way I am right now. For months, I've been compiling facts and lesser-known studies about the Zika virus.

First up, Zika is not a hoax. If you think it is, then I invite you to peruse this 59-page PDF filled with Zika study abstracts by groups of research scientists from all over the world.

Second, the CDC has been concealing crucial facts from the public. And it appears that mainstream media is not covering some of the most disturbing information.

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

CDC's Zika test fails to detect a whopping 40 percent of infections. It also cannot reliably detect four strains of dengue. Because of cross-enhancement within the flavivirus family, it is crucial to also detect dengue.

There are four distinct genetic sub-types of dengue and contracting one doesn't grant you immunity to the others [or other viruses within the flavivirus family]. Instead, the immune response produced by the first infection can cause a much more severe infection later. 

Dr. Ernest Gould, retired professor of virology at Oxford, has cautioned:
"It's possible that there could be similar effects happening with Zika in people who have already been infected with other mosquito-borne viruses."

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

What's worse: Dr. Robert Lanciotti was punished for raising his concerns about the inaccurate test (known as Trioplex) which was described as "useless" in some circumstances. 

No wonder we haven't heard about Zika cases emerging from the Olympics.

Thankfully, Dr. Lanciotti filed a whistleblower retaliation claim "alleging that his diminished duties, from lab chief to a non-supervisory position, was in reprisal for his disclosures".

After an investigation, an agreement from the CDC was secured to reinstate Dr. Lanciotti as chief of his lab.

The CDC Knew Since April 2016

But Pushed the Flawed Test Anyways

Dr. Lanciotti mentioned, "It was suggested to the EOC [Emergency Operations Center of the CDC] on at least two occasions (by Dr. Rosenberg and myself) that this sensitivity issue needed to be resolved prior to the continued recommendation of the [Trioplex] assay."[2]

The email sent to all state public health laboratories (April 27th, 2016) said that Trioplex was "recommended for use in the current Zika response" with zero mention of the sensitivity issues with dengue and Zika viruses.

Related: Zika Virus: Our Tainted Blood Supply

A Brief History of Zika

To quickly bring you up to speed, I included the following short (and entertaining) video by Dr. Joe Hanson.

Prior to publish, Dr. Hanson consulted with Dr. Peter Hotez, of Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Scott Weaver and Dr. Nikos Vasilakis (both of UT Medical Branch, Galveston), Dr. Dahotra Sarkar and Dr. Alex Wild (both of University of Texas at Austin), and Mustapha Debboun of Harris County Mosquito Control.

Where Did Zika Come From?

It's Okay To Be Smart (Published June 20, 2016)

Notably, at the 3:40 point Dr. Hanson states: "If colder climate species like Culex are able to pick up the virus, there isn't much of North America or Europe that is out of reach."

11 Out of 50 Wild Culex Pipiens Carry Zika

A post by Susan Milius in Science News titled New case emerging for Culex mosquito as unexpected Zika spreader[1] sent chills up my spine. It states:

"From Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, Fiona Hunter has found signs that 11 out of 50 wild-caught Culex pipiens pipiens mosquitoes picked up the virus somewhere on their bodies. So far, she has completely analyzed one mosquito and reports that the virus was indeed in its saliva."

Viruses must infect the mosquito midgut, travel to its salivary glands, build up an "infective dose" to be considered a vector of disease.

Related: Another Mosquito Carries Zika: The Proof Health Authorities and Media are Ignoring

Safe Mosquito Eradication That Works: Using Coffee, Bti, Rubbing Alcohol, and a Cat

Dr. Constancia Ayres

Her Impassioned Plea to Get the Truth Out

"Why, in the human environment, only Aedes aegypti is the [mention] ... Culex perfuscus has a transmission rate 10 times higher than Aedes aegypti ... but this species, in discussions, was completely ignored ... Zika is more related to the viruses transmitted by Culex." ~ Dr. Constancia Ayres 

Those are some of her statements from her presentation at the Zika Symposium, 2016 International Congress of Entomology shown next (scroll to 44:21 and listen until the 45:13 point):

Zika Symposium (September 27, 2016)

2016 International Congress of Entomology

Aedes Aegypti, the Main Focus of Zika Studies

Yet Both Aedes Aegypti and Albopictus are Poor Vectors

Aedes aegypti (formerly Stegomyia fasciata,aka Stegomyia aegypti): resting female
Credit: By Detail from the original by Emil August Goeldi (1859 - 1917) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The study Differential Susceptibilities of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus [tiger mosquitoes] from the Americas to Zika Virus (published March 3, 2016) states:

"... although susceptible to infection, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus were unexpectedly low competent vectors for the Zika virus."

I Couldn't Find Any CDC Maps With Culex

But Here are Ae. Aegypti and Ae. Albopictus Ranges

U.S. map showing 1) Ae. aegypti potential abundance for Jan/July (colored circles), 2) approximate maximum known range of Ae. aegypti (shaded regions) and Ae. albopictus (gray dashed lines), and 3) monthly average number arrivals to the U.S. by air and la
Credit: By Monaghan A, Morin C, Steinhoff D, Wilhelmi O, Hayden M, Quattrochi D, Reiskind M, Lloyd A, Smith K, Schmidt C, Scalf P, Ernst K [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Culex Pipiens are 20 Times More Common

And Found Everywhere (Including Canada and Europe)

Northern House Mosquito  Culex pipiens. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA
Credit: Katja Schulz on flickr (CC-by-2.0)

The Range of Culex Has Expanded Since 2002

Map of Culex Pipiens in "Tracking West Nile Virus with GIS"
Credit: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, October 8, 2002. NASA Researchers Developing Tools To Help Track And Predict West Nile Virus, 3pp.

Eradication Methods Differ for Aedes and Culex

But Roger Nasci, formerly of the CDC, felt trying to control Culex would "divert resources from the important efforts to control the primary vector."

Different mosquito species are often associated with different land cover characteristics
Credit: NASA

Microcephaly Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Experts Are Calling It "Congenital Zika Syndrome"

Symptoms of Microcephaly (February 8, 2016)
Credit: By Beth.herlin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

But It's Only a 1 to 13 Percent Chance

Of Having a Severely Affected Child, Isn't It?

I found it incredibly disturbing to hear Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada's chief public health officer, knock a few percentage points off of every statistic in his interview with CBC.[3] Taylor said, "About a 10 -12 percent chance of having a severely affected child." 

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, told Harvard panelists on September 29th, 2016: 

"When you hear 1 to 13 percent, be careful, that's microcephaly in women who are infected in the first trimester. If you add the other defects plus those that occur in the second and even the third trimester, I think we are going to see something that is very disturbing." 

"If you are talking about any congenital defect, I think it's going to be much higher than 13 percent."

Watch the following short (1:57) clip from The Forum Zika in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Beyond. (An event held in collaboration with Reuters):

Disturbing Toll of Zika-Related Birth Defects

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

I read the following quote of Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, in The New Yorker post titled The Race For A Zika Vaccine. And it made me realize that the government is fully aware that travel restrictions would mitigate the spread of Zika:

 

"That's what happened with Ebola. Containment halted the spread of the infection – a great thing – but it made it difficult to test the vaccine." ~ Dr. Anthony Fauci

About 4 Million Canadians Visit Florida a Year

And Cancellations Are Only Down About 15 Percent

Yet, several mayors in Florida were told by the state to keep Zika mosquito sites a secret.[4]

In fact, the Miami Herald had to launch a lawsuit "justifying the disclosure of the locations on grounds that the information would help the public make decisions about precautions to take if they live or work nearby" and "also inform the community debate regarding the use of the insecticide naled."[5]

Speaking of naled, there are some critical and valid concerns about the use of this neurotoxin (which is banned in Europe).

Here are a few, according to the No Spray Coalition.[6]

  • In lab animals, just three days of exposure to naled during pregnancy reduced fetal brain size by 15 percent.
  • Naled is 20 times more toxic (to rats) when inhaled than via ingestion (by food or water).
  • After spraying naled in New York, disease-carrying mosquito populations were only reduced in the short-term but actually increased 15-fold over the course of 11 years.

When I checked out CDC's Case Counts in the U.S. (updated October 5, 2016), the state of New York has the most in the entire country – even more than Florida – with 837 cases of confirmed Zika infections. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Zika Cases in U.S.

Maps of Zika in the United States (as of Oct. 5, 2016)
Credit: CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Chris Casey Seeks Medical Attention for Zika

But in Hawaii, Hospital Officials Deny Him Testing

This gent was denied medical attention in Hawaii for Zika. Here is the gist, at the 15 second mark, the hospital official (HO) says: 

 
HO: "You're not listening to what I am saying. To get Zika virus, you either have to travel ... yeah, because we don't have Zika here."
 Mr. Casey informs the hospital official about the facts, that indeed, he doesn't have to travel to get Zika.
 
HO continues: "If you go to a doctor and ask for a Zika test, they gonna ask you did you travel? If you tell them "no" then they gonna tell you "sorry we cannot test [for Zika]."
 
Mr. Casey: "Does that make any sense?"
 
HO replies: "Well, because, we don't have Zika here."
 
Mr. Casey: "No you do [have Zika here], you just don't want to admit it."
 
HO: "We don't have it ... [repeated]."
 
Mr. Casey tells us: "That's why I'm not getting a [Zika] test right now. Because they don't want to admit that they have Zika here ... Hawaii has Zika and y'all don't want to tell anybody ... you're getting sued, the hospital is getting sued, I've been denied medical attention by multiple agencies."

Mr. Casey Answered My Questions About His Ordeal

Mr. Casey let me know: 

"I have Blue cross blue shield PPO. My physician denied me, my second opinion doctor denied me, I went to the ER and they denied me, finally this video was taken at the Hawaii Department of Health and they denied me."
Wow! Two physicians, a hospital ER, and the Hawaii Department of Health will not test this gent for Zika because he had not traveled?!

Perhaps people should be tested for Zika first and be asked questions later?

I Can Hear the Medical Entomologists Laughing

Does Anyone Believe Mosquitoes Will Avoid Wynwood?

Active Zika Virus Transmission in Florida
Credit: CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Zika Found in Semen For Over 6 Months

But ONLY The CDC Has an "Approved" Test For It

An August 26th, 2016 CNN post titled Zika hides in vagina, baby's bloodstream longer than previously thought[7] states:

"Researchers have known for some time that Zika can be transmitted via semen from men to women, hiding in the testes, where it can avoid the immune system; in fact, there is mounting evidence that it can continue to replicate in the testes – and even increase the viral load – for months after infection."

But what is more shocking is what I read on the American Society for Reproductive Medicine fact sheet. It states:

"Although Zika virus can be found in semen and sexual transmission of the virus has been seen, testing of semen is not recommended since no test of semen has been shown to be effective so far."[8]

WHAT?!

First of all, no needle is required to "draw semen" and the virus even shows up in pre-ejaculate. A simple swab might even suffice (over a typical semen sample).

And based on this statement in a Courthouse News Service post: 

"The agency [CDC] would not say where the new sexually transmitted Zika cases were discovered since the risk applies to all women in the U.S., Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy incident manager for Zika virus at the CDC, told CNN."[9]

I hardly trust that the CDC will be forthcoming at all with what they know about the sexual spread of Zika. Yet we all know that one woman in New York apparently transmitted the Zika virus to her male partner.

And the sexual spread of Zika from males-to-females certainly looks worrisome, considering that in these studies, both sexes were equally exposed to mosquitoes:

"Even after removing pregnant women from the data, researchers found women were 90 percent more likely than men their age to be infected. Between the ages of 25 and 29, women were three times more likely than men to be infected with Zika."[10]

Related: Zika Shrivels Testes, Drops Testosterone, and May Cause Infertility

How to Spare a Million Souls From Zika

CDC and Health Canada Must Enact Travel Bans

In the following TRT World interview with Dr. Derek Gatherer from Lancaster University, it becomes painfully obvious that travel is the key way that Zika will infect about 1/3 of the world's population (~ 2.6 billion).[11]

And if you watch the whole interview, he never answers the last question:

"Is there more that could be done to stop the spread of this now? Could the World Health Organization (WHO) be taking more action at this phase?"

It's obvious that pushing a vaccine (which will NOT be ready in time for this wave of Zika virus infections) is the main objective.

Zika Virus: Interview With Dr. Derek Gatherer

TRT World (Published September 2, 2016)

Zika Affects Adults (and Probably Children)

Plus, Lesser-Known Ways Zika is Transmitted

I've been commenting on numerous CBC posts about the Zika virus and I am constantly amazed at how unconvinced people seem to be about it. The buzz is that "only pregnant women" need to take precautions. Yet adults can definitely be affected by it (and even die).

Stanford neurologists concluded:
 
"Numerous factors will influence the number of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in the United States. However, if conditions were to mimic the French Polynesian outbreak, then as many as 30,000 cases of Zika-associated GBS might be expected."[12]
 
What happens to those afflicted with Zika-associated GBS:[14]
  • Two-thirds lose the ability to walk
  • Up to 30 percent need a mechanical ventilator to breathe[13]
  • 20 percent are still unable to walk at six months after diagnosis 
  • 3 - 5 percent will die (mostly men) 

Grandchild Poked Me in the Eye

When I worked for an ophthalmologist, I was amazed at how often an elderly patient would present with a corneal scratch. And I'd document, "Grandchild poked me in the eye."

Babies are drawn to shiny objects and our eyes are perfect for poking. And while grandma or grandpa is squinting from the pain, the baby will put those same poking fingers in his or her mouth.

That is how easy it will be for grandparents (who travel to the southern states, like Florida), to infect their grandchild with the Zika virus.

Found in Saliva a Month

Another disturbing finding: the virus is still detectable in the saliva of monkeys a month after inoculation.[15] A month is a long time for the virus to be present in saliva (and I suspect a sneeze or cough could transmit it).

CDC Thinks Pregnant Women Don't Have Sex?

Lastly, in an InfoBarrel forum post, I mentioned how "the CDC and Health Canada must think that sex is only for procreation and once pregnant, we women don't have sex again."

I once mentioned in the comments of a CBC post that "all the women could stay on the moon for the duration of the Rio Olympics and we'd still have a huge outbreak of Zika-infected babies". Men and mosquitoes transmit Zika (but it's next to impossible to find that point emphasized by our government health authorities).

Since the Zika virus can be found in semen for longer than six months, clearly it makes more sense to limit the travel of men to Zika-endemic areas rather than women (pregnant or not).

Think about that.

All Forms of Unprotected Sex Can Spread Zika

And for the approximately two million men (out of about four million Canadians) that travel to Florida each year, is it realistic to expect that they will all insist a condom be used when they are receiving oral sex? Also, condoms break; mosquito repellents fail.

The only answers: travel restrictions, prudent vector eradication efforts (which include both Culex and Aedes mosquitoes), and public education.

If you wish to help, I have begun a Change.org petition titled CDC Cover-up: Zika Test Fails to Detect 40 Percent of Infections (Enact Travel Bans).[16] 

My PSA (Published May 30, 2016)

The Same Points Apply to Canadian "Snowbirds"

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