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Zika Virus

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:21 am

This is truly a very worrying situation that seems to be spreading like wildfire over the entire globe.

I often wonder why God invented mosquitoes, flies and wasps.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:52 am

This Zika virus is a very scary thing. This last super El Niño combined with the increasing temperatures caused by climate change created the perfect storm for them to proliferate like mad. They've always been there, but the population just exploded over the last couple of years. I was listening to a program on NPR the other day about all the efforts to deal with them including one where they introduce male mosquitoes whose offspring die soon after hatching. They are madly trying to develop a vaccine, but that will take years.

I guess everything has a purpose somehow - who knew there would be so many humans someday to be made miserable by all these creatures! Although I agree that I fail to see why we REALLY need mosquitoes and flies! Wasps I can see as some species can be pollinators.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Diat60 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:30 am

There are stories of pregnant women wanting to abort, but I read that the virus stays in the body forever and can affect future pregnancies as well. This is truly tragic.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:30 pm

Well you have taught me something today, Drac - I never knew that wasps pollinated.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:37 pm

Not all, but many of the little guys do. I think there a wasp that is very important to pollination in fig trees.

http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollin ... asps.shtml
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:22 am

And now it has arrived in Australia and Texas, and predicted to hit Europe this Summer.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Winfrey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:17 am

This is terrible, and I did not realize that the virus stays with a person!!!! That is really bad!!! We were nervous our sister in law just had her baby last week.. even though they don't show Tennessee as having any cases you never know!
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby draclvr » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:25 am

And now they have a case in Texas where the virus was sexually transmitted. Now that is even scarier.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Winfrey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:32 am

Yes, I saw that!!! geez!!! what's next
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Val » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:54 pm

I just don't know what to say. What can I say?
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Rosaboobie » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:59 pm

It's truly frightening for all young women.
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby draclvr » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:49 pm

It's starting to aggravate the living hell out of me though... they are telling women in Brazil to not get pregnant for 2 years. Hah! Women down there have zero choices in whether they get pregnant or not. Why aren't they telling the MEN to avoid impregnating anyone? Rape and incest and rampant in the rural regions and women have no say at all...
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Winfrey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:20 pm

On the way home today I heard that in Venezuela the government says 4,000 infected... doctors say 250,000 to 400,000.. and it can be transmitted by saliva and sexual transmission.... :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby draclvr » Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:28 pm

I heard the same thing on NPR on the way home from town today!
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Re: Zika Virus

Postby Winfrey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:09 pm

We were listening to the same program :-)
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