What is Zika Virus?

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

Read more about Zika Virus at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Infographic by VisualBest (Santosh Kushwaha)

Zika Outbreak Updates: Puerto Rico Declares State of Emergency

As the Zika virus outbreak continues, including in wide swaths of Central and South America, concerns are growing, especially for pregnant women because the mosquito-borne virus has been linked with a serious birth defect called microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head and brain.

Here are the latest updates about the outbreak, which the World Health Organization has deemed a “global health emergency.”

Puerto Rico Declares State of Emergency

Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak. The U.S. territory has at least 22 people who have been reported to have been infected with the Zika virus, health officials said.

The State Emergency and Disaster Administration is creating a task force for both federal and state officials to deal with the crisis.

Additionally, a price freeze has been ordered for products needed to prevent the disease, according to government officials.

New Zika Virus Cases Include Pregnant Woman, Man With Paralysis Syndrome

In Puerto Rico, a pregnant woman in her first trimester was diagnosed with the disease, health officials said. In addition, a man has also been diagnosed with Zika and has developed a rare paralysis syndrome sometimes associated with viral or bacterial infection.

Called Guillain-Barre syndrome, it is an immunological reaction that has been associated with influenza, among other illnesses.

At least 22 people who have been reported to have been infected with the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, health officials said.

FDA Signals New Recommendations on Blood Transfusions Likely

In a statement to ABC News, officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said they intend to “rapidly implement appropriate donor deferral recommendations” to safeguard the donated blood supply in the U.S.

“Blood donor deferrals serve as an important measure to protect the United States’ blood supply,“ FDA officials said in a statement. "The FDA also intends to put in place recommendations to help maintain a safe blood supply in United States territories where the virus is present. In the meantime, we fully support the blood banking industry’s voluntary recommendations that potential blood donors be deferred for 28 days after returning from travel to areas where Zika is endemic.”

Sexually Transmitted Zika Case Prompts CDC to Issue New Guidelines

After the Zika virus was transmitted through sexual contact in Dallas, Texas, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines today for travelers to and from outbreak regions.

The CDC advises men with a pregnant partner to use condoms if they have traveled to an area with "active Zika virus transmission.”

Additionally, couples where a male partner who has traveled to an area with Zika transmission “may consider using condoms consistently and correctly during sex or abstaining from sexual activity,” if they are concerned about sexual transmission of the Zika virus.

At Least 54 People Infected in the U.S.

There are at least 54 people infected with the Zika virus in the U.S. In all except one case, the infection was acquired while out of the country, according to health officials.

In one case in Dallas, Texas, the virus is believed to have been transmitted through sexual contact from an infected traveler to a partner.

Florida has the highest number of cases in the U.S., with 12 people infected. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in five counties and ordered thousands of tests that will help identify the disease.

What Does the Virus Do?

Common symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately one in five people infected with the virus show symptoms. Severe complications from the virus that require hospitalization are rare, according to the CDC.

The virus has also been associated with a rise of microcephaly birth defect cases.

The CDC is also investigating if a rare paralysis syndrome called Guillain-Barre is related to the virus. The syndrome is an immunological reaction that can also occur after other viral or bacterial infections.

How Is It Transmitted?

The virus is transmitted mainly through the bite of the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito. This is the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue fever. The Aedes albopictus species has also been identified as a potential carrier.

Before the current outbreak, the virus had been found mainly in tropical settings in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. An outbreak of the disease in Brazil led to an alert by the Pan American Health Organization last May.
Who Owns the Zika Virus?
The Rockefeller Foundation!

“Why has the issue of patent ownership of the Zika virus not been the object of media coverage?

Lest we forget the words of David Rockefeller in an address to a Trilateral Commission meeting in June of 1991:

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years. … It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.

”Is the ownership of the Zika Virus by the Rockefeller Foundation part of that agenda of “supernational sovereignty [dominated] by an intellectual elite and world bankers…”?“

cybertrons-virus asked:

Lost at Sea

Roddy spots the boat that was floating above him. Curious as to why such a small boat was doing so far away from shore. Cautiously Rodimus swims up to the boat. Slowly poking his head out the water and poking the side of the boat. Kup telling him to stay away from the boats but he was curious. He wanted to know why.
Is Zika Virus Or The Tdap Vaccine Causing Birth Defects In Brazil?...
The Zika virus has been known to infect people in Africa, South and Central America and Asia for more than 70 years without causing any birth defects. The Brazilian government declared an emergency in December after 2,400 babies were found to be born with shrunken heads and brain defects believed to be linked to mosquitoes carrying the Zika Virus. The number of babies born with the defects has been rising significantly since then. But could there be a link between the introduction of the Tdap vaccination that women in Latin America were urged to get before they were 22 weeks pregnant, and the birth of babies with these deformities called “Microcephaly” (literally ‘tiny head’)?
By Carol Adl
UN Human Rights Chief: To Battle Zika, Uphold Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls

Telling women not to get pregnant when ‘sexual and reproductive health services are criminalized, or simply unavailable’ a failed reponse to epidemic

The United Nations human rights office has criticized the recommendation by Zika-affected countries that women not become pregnant, saying that response to the epidemic fails to address the widespread and unjust denial of rights to women and girls.

The response by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday comes days after the World Health Organization declared the outbreaks of microcephaly in Latin America and their possible link to the Zika virus a global health emergency.

As the New York Times reports,

The virus, known as Zika, has rattled Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly Brazil, where more than a million people have been infected and nearly 4,000 children have been born with microcephaly, a rare condition in which babies have unusually small heads.

El Salvador has urged women not to get pregnant until 2018, and

Other nations around the region have issued warnings similar to El Salvador’s, with officials in Colombia and Ecuador urging women to put off becoming pregnant for months, or until the dangers of the virus are better understood.

Echoing women’s rights campaigners UN’s Zeid said that recommendation “ignores the reality that many women and girls simply cannot exercise control over whether or when or under what circumstances they become pregnant, especially in an environment where sexual violence is so common.”  He addressed what, as Paula Young Lee writes in  Dame this week, has been the three-letter word missing from the warnings: men. He stated, “Many of the key issues revolve around men’s failure to uphold the rights of women and girls, and a range of strong measures need to be taken to tackle these underlying problems.”….

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have i mentioned that i’m undertale trash?

Virus!Crea takes the stage!

How to defeat her is very much like video games:

  • Each of the Noobs is a life, and if they get killed, you lose a life.
  • If you defeat Crea and remove the virus, you win!
  • If all the noobs are killed (along with Mem and Zen) then it’s game over…for everyone.

Tagged by @emery-dragonfly, thank you kindly my friend! (ノ´∀`)ノ  To choose one over all my favorite fictional babies is like going to war but I try to do my best, hahah.

1. Mephisto Pheles (Ao no Exorcist)

2. Nura Rihan (Nurarihyon no Mago)

3. Sugata Shindou (Star Driver)

4. Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass)  I am so sorry,Shin.

5. Kumo Tenka (Donten ni Warau) Even though Shirasu is always crawling near.

6. Gilbert Nightray (Pandora Hearts) No comments, Jack. THIS WAS THE HARDEST ONE BECAUSE I LIKE THEM BOTH SO MUCH.

7. Keith Anyan (Terra E)

8. Koujaku (Dramatical Murder)

9. Kuroh Yatogami (K project)

10. Mikleo (Tales of)

This time I may even tag some people, so here you go dearies, you are not in order; @lethal-kitten @italktomymadness @valo-kass @deireanach @farroner @erealumen @sassassino @lohku @albinopikachu @starbitt1991 @lemonfinch1010

the dmmd cast as flavours
  • aoba:stale chewing gum that lost its flavour
  • ren:watered down mouthwash
  • mizuki:pleather
  • clear:seafood you're not sure if it's okay or not with a slight plastic-y aftertaste from being in the fridge so long
  • koujaku:old spice gel deodorant
  • mink:cinnamon involuntarily snorted and thus burning your sinuses to shit
  • noiz:shameful asparagus water from wholefoods
  • sei:daddy's cummies
  • virus:the gross aftertaste of strong antibiotics
  • trip:cat hair