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Medicine

Brazil Cautions Women To Avoid Pregnancy Over Zika Virus Outbreak (discovermagazine.com) 102

iONiUM writes: According to an article at Discover, "Authorities in Brazil have recently issued an unusual and unprecedented announcement to women: don't get pregnant, at least not just yet. Amidst an intractable outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, public health authorities in Brazil are highly suspicious of an unusual surge of cases of microcephaly among newborn children." There were over 3,000 cases in 2015.

It's believed this virus is linked to shrinking newborns brain, and it is spreading. "Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and it was first detected in Uganda in the 1940s. After spreading through Africa and parts of Asia, it has made its way to Latin America. There is no known vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the disease caused by the virus. Since May 2015, the Brazilian government estimates that some 1.5 million people have been infected with the virus." The CDC has published an article about it, and travel warnings are now being issued for pregnant women.

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Brazil Cautions Women To Avoid Pregnancy Over Zika Virus Outbreak

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Eu preciso de cérebros
    • Hmm...I haven't ever known about a virus, but over my many years, my mantra to girlfriends and hookups has ALWAYS been: "Don't get pregnant....!!

      :)

      I'm guessing most guys for most of their lives have been also recommending this to their women...hehehe

    • Amidst an intractable outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, public health authorities in Brazil are highly suspicious of an unusual surge of cases of microcephaly among newborn children

      I've always suspected stupidity was a communicable disease. As a precaution, I recommend that all politicians be tested for Zika virus (if they have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear).

  • by Crashmarik ( 635988 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2016 @01:02PM (#51242045)

    That they rolled out to combat Dengue Fever. http://www.iflscience.com/heal... [iflscience.com]

    Wonder if that has just been ineffective against illnesses with a Mosquito vector or just not this particular virus.

    • by Volanin ( 935080 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2016 @02:26PM (#51242739)

      I'm from Brazil. The same mosquito (Aedis Aegypti) is responsible for three diseases. Originally it was just Dengue Fever that was the problem, but recently there's been an outbreak of Chikungunya and Zika as well. These diseases have similar symptoms, but the latest one, Zika, is being deemed responsible for a huge increase of Microcephaly in newborns lately that is all over the news. There is indeed an aggressive mosquito control front and Government initiatives to inform the population, but keep in mind that it's Summer here in the Southern Hemisphere, and the higher temperatures are causing these mosquitoes to reproduce like a plague, making it much harder to solve the problem.

      • Thanks for the response Volanin!

        How does your country feel about DDT? I have mixed feelings on using it. I understand it's been instrumental in curbing malaria in many parts of the world, but there are environmental consequences to using it.

        • by HiThere ( 15173 )

          Unfortunately, in many parts of the world mosquitoes have adapted to be relatively immune to DDT. I don't know that this is true of Brazil, but I wouldn't be surprised. (Of course, often the adaptation is to smell the stuff and find it so distasteful they go somewhere else, but that's been a fairly effective strategy.)

          IIUC, the only way of using DDT that's still really effective (outside of bed nets) is to spread it over stagnant pools of water. But if you have lots of slowly flowing streams that doesn't

          • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

            Vegetable oil works very well for small to medium bodies of water it only takes a little bit. It's what we use in Canada for mosquito control along with Bti(Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis) and Methoprene, we also use pesticide foggers for adulticide when the weather is very humid in the summer. Most of Canada has large flowing bodies of water as well, so usually before any program comes into use there's 3-8 years of ecological impact studies to determine what other problems may crop up because of it.

  • After all, having fucked up the world quite a lot with our vaunted "intelligence", it's no wonder nature wants to find a way to stop it. I figure microcephaly is a pretty good way of shrinking intelligence.

    • Nature doesn't have feelings. Doesn't care about you, me, or anything. Doesn't care if the planet is destroyed or we are. Nature doesn't have any thoughts on any subject at all. No more than mathematics or physics or chemistry has thoughts, feelings, motivations, or desires.

      Please stop anthropomorphizing.

      • Please stop anthropomorphizing.

        They hate it when you do that.

      • Seems to me you're making a pretty big assumption yourself. Consider: from a sufficiently "zoomed in" perspective your brain is nothing more than a large clonal colony of specialized single-cell organisms supported by an even larger and more varied colony in symbiosis with far, far more non-related microbes, with no evidence to be seen of this "mind" thing you claim exists.

        Similarly, simply because we see no direct evidence of a mind in the ecological superorganism does not mean it doesn't exist, it may si

        • Seems to me you're making a pretty big assumption yourself. Consider: from a sufficiently "zoomed in" perspective your brain is nothing more than a large clonal colony of specialized single-cell organisms supported by an even larger and more varied colony in symbiosis with far, far more non-related microbes, with no evidence to be seen of this "mind" thing you claim exists.

          Similarly, simply because we see no direct evidence of a mind in the ecological superorganism does not mean it doesn't exist, it may simply operate from a reference point that we cannot relate to.

          Gaia's getting pissed off with AGW and has decided to post on slashdot.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Fertlity rates [1,9] are bellow the US's [2,1]. That make us look more like a 1st world country. We NEED people.

      Yeah, Brazilian here.

  • Isn't entire South America heavily Catholic? Don't they take very strong stance against birth control? Or the Catholics being against birth control something unique to USA?
    • The Roman Catholic church is pretty clear on the topic. The Vatican's policy impacts societies in South America, Africa, North America, and Western Europe.

      Latin America is deeply committed to Catholicism, where North America (Anglo America?) has more protestants and a greater variety of Christian denominations and a long history of excluding Catholics from politics in regions (yeah, that's not so great, but I'd argue that it's reality).

      This is going to come down to Pope Francis either taking a public positi

  • Even if it only results in a 4% increase in blowjobs, it will have been worth it.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You cracked the code. microencephaly ==> "give me a little head"

  • Diversity Über Alles!

    (an unreleased Dead Kennedy's single)

  • Not just Brazil (Score:5, Informative)

    by Espectr0 ( 577637 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2016 @03:30PM (#51243229) Journal

    Now in Venezuela as well. We had chikunguya last year and now Zika as well. The aedes family of mosquitoes are extremely dangerous, now causing 4 common diseases (dengue and yellow fever as well)

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