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Zika virus doesn't cause microcephaly! -- report

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zika-virus-update.jpgAs reported by the Argentinian doctors in their report, Zika virus has never been known to cause brain deformations in children:

Previous Zika epidemics did not cause birth defects in newborns, despite infecting 75% of the population in those countries. Also, in other countries such as Colombia there are no records of microcephaly; however, there are plenty of Zika cases.

The entire reason these brain deformations are being blamed on the Zika virus, we're now learning, is so that powerful chemical companies can sell more toxic chemicals that poison the people and the environment even more! From the doctors' report:

Brazilian doctors (Abrasco) are claiming that the strategy of chemical control is contaminating the environment as well as people, that it is not decreasing the amount of mosquitoes, and that this strategy is in fact a commercial manoeuvre from the chemical poisons industry, deeply integrated into Latin American ministries of health as well as WHO and PAHO.

It's a vicious cycle, of course: The government sprays chemicals that cause brain deformations in children, but in order to avoid blaming the chemicals, they blame mosquitoes, thereby demanding MORE toxic chemicals be sprayed, causing yet more deformations that demand yet more chemicals and so on.

If all this sounds familiar, it's because it's ripped right out of the playbook of the vaccine industry: Many vaccines actually cause epidemics (which is why children who are stricken with measles and mumps have almost always been previously vaccinated against measles and mumps), thereby increasing public demand for more vaccines which cause more outbreaks, ad infinitum.

It's the perfect business model: When your product causes an epidemic of disease or birth defects, just find something else to blame and then pay off all the government health authorities to demand more of your product! After all, even the CDC loves these pandemics because it gives them an opportunity to exhibit more "authority" and push for more vaccines.

Billions already pledged to the vaccine industry... even with no scientific evidence of a link

Based entirely on fraudulent information and quack science, President Obama has now called for $1.8 billion in government handouts to vaccine companies and pharmaceutical corporations to combat Zika. Yet the linkage between Zika and microcephaly is nothing but an unproven, unscientific, mythological narrative dreamed up by the vaccine pushers. It carries the same scientific weight as saying "Black cats cause bad luck" or "Rubbing a rabbit's foot gives me good luck."

Hence the term "vaccine voodoo" which is a technically accurate description of the total lack of science underpinning the fraudulent vaccine industry. Isn't it amazing how quickly the government, the media and the vaccine pushers have leaped to their preferred conclusion about microcephaly even without a shred of scientific evidence to support such a notion?

(Hey, it's a pandemic... they don't need any real EVIDENCE, right?)

A massive science hoax, vaccine hoax and chemical hoax all designed to generate more industry profits while ignoring the true causes of suffering in Brazilian children

Once you put all the pieces of this puzzle together, it becomes crystal clear: The Zika virus narrative is a massive quack science hoax that's being pushed solely to sell more chemicals, more GM mosquitoes, more vaccines and more fumigation of the Brazilian population with deadly substances.

The real cause of microcephaly is being systematically ignored, lending yet more support to the idea that this is all part of the population control agenda to poison the people of Brazil, deliberately reduce their offspring to mutants, increase abortions and demand that women no longer get pregnant.

All the signs are there, folks. This is the Bill Gates human depopulation agenda in full swing, disguised as a mosquito virus outbreak. It's no mistake that the larvicide chemicals are being sprayed in the poorest areas of Brazil, targeting those very same populations that are now being told, "Don't have any more babies!"

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/052943_Zika_virus_hoax_larvacide_chemical_GM_mosquitoes.html





Is Zika another profit scam by biotech and pharma?

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zika-virus-update.jpgIt is noteworthy that the mainstream science discussions on how to "solve" the Zika problem all involve medical, biotech and pesticide companies making a whole lot of money. The top three solutions being pushed right now are:

1) Release yet more genetically engineered mosquitoes.

2) Fumigate Brazil with toxic pesticide chemicals.

3) Urgently develop a Zika vaccine and have everybody injected.

It is no coincidence that these three solutions map perfectly to three powerful industries with strong government ties:

1) Big Biotech.

2) Agribusiness pesticide giants (like Monsanto).

3) Big Pharma and the vaccine industry.

In fact, the meme about Zika is spreading far faster than Zika itself. If there's any pandemic really taking place right now, it's a "pandemic of CDC propaganda" that has infected almost everyone.

Stay informed on all this by monitoring AlternativeNews.com which posts real-time headlines throughout the day.

Sources for this story include:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ZIKA_VIRUS_TEXAS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/fears-zika-virus-can-spread-7292653

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6502e1.htm

http://www.naturalnews.com/052824_Zika_virus_genetically_engineered_mosquitoes_unintended_consequences.html

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/052850_Zika_virus_sexual_transmission_emergency_blood_supply.html





zika-virus-update.jpg(NaturalNews) Zika is now a sexually transmitted disease, says Dallas County Health and Human Services and the CDC. According to this story from the AP, Zika virus has been acquired by a Texas resident via sexual contact with an infected person.

But that's not all...

According to Dr. Amesh Adalja at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Zika virus may already have infected the emergency blood supply because blood donors are not screened for Zika.

We've also been told by the CDC that 80% of Zika carriers are symptomless, "silent" carriers, meaning they carry Zika but don't even know it. What happens when these people donate blood or engage in normal sexual activity with others?

The answer is that they would be spreading Zika virus to others.

Hence the panic we're all witnessing in the media.

But are we all being played?

When it comes to any virus, however -- Ebola, Bird Flu, Zika, etc. -- we've all learned over the last decade or so that the CDC and the WHO are usually lying about one or more important components of their official narratives.

The narrative almost always goes something like this: "The horror! This new virus is devastating humankind! We urgently need billions of dollars in vaccine funding from the government!"

And then the terrorized government ponies up a few billion dollars in emergency medicine vaccine research funding, and all the scientists and corporations rake in the dollars while the pandemic dies down on its own.

So we have to be cautious because none of us has any direct way to confirm anything we're told by the CDC. The CDC can fabricate anything it wants with near absolute immunity from real scientific scrutiny. And history has shown us that every time there's an opportunity to scare the population with another virus, both the CDC and WHO are quick to declare a "global pandemic" when there really isn't one.

So be cautious with the news about Zika. On one hand, it might be far worse than they're telling us and a legitimate threat to life throughout the Americas because of the genetically engineered mosquito experiment gone awry. But on the other end of the spectrum, this might be a false narrative being pushed by the vaccine industry to create yet another public scare so they can rake in more "research" money while demanding medical obedience from the public.

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger http://www.naturalnews.com/052850_Zika_virus_sexual_transmission_emergency_blood_supply.html





zika-virus-update.jpg4000 babies just born with shrunken heads in last 90 days in Brazil

Is it the dTap purtusis vaccines administered at 22 weeks of pregnancy or the GM Mosquitoes recently released that are causing the birth defect seen in theses poor babies?

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')?

The following is an article from Brazilian shrunken head babies blog:

In late 2014, the Ministry of Health of Brazil announced the introduction of the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine for all pregnant women in that country as part of its routine vaccination program. The move was aimed at trying to contain the resurgence of pertussis in Brazil.

In December 2015, the Brazilian government declared an emergency after 2,400 Brazilian babies were found to be born with shrunken heads (microcephaly) and damaged brains since October. Brazilian public health officials don't know what is causing the increase in microcephaly cases in babies born in Brazil, but they are theorizing that it may be caused by a virus known as "Zika," which is spread by mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti)--in the same way as is the West Nile virus.

The theory is largely based on the fact that they found the Zika virus in a baby with microcephaly following an autopsy of the dead child. The virus was also found in the amniotic fluid of two mothers whose babies had the condition. Note that Zika is not a new virus; it has been around for decades. No explanation has been given as to why suddenly it could be causing all these cases of microcephaly. No one is seriously asking the question, "What has changed?"

There is no theorizing about the possibility that the cases of microcephaly could be linked to the mandating of the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women in Brazil about 10 months earlier. The government has "assumed" the cause is a virus.

FACT--Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S. and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to this vaccine that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes.

FACT--According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adequate testing has not been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of the Tdap vaccine state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn that Tdap should "be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed."

FACT--There are ingredients pertussis containing Tdap vaccine that have not been fully evaluated for potential genotoxic or other adverse effects on the human fetus developing in the womb that may negatively affect health after birth, including aluminum adjuvants, mercury containing (Thimerosal) preservatives and many more bioactive and potentially toxic ingredients.

FACT--There are serious problems with outdated testing procedures for determining the potency and toxicity of pertussis vaccines and some scientists are calling for limits to be established for specific toxin content of pertussis-containing vaccines.

FACT--There are no published biological mechanism studies that assess pre-vaccination health status and measure changes in brain and immune function and chromosomal integrity after vaccination of pregnant women or their babies developing in the womb.

FACT--Since licensure of Tdap vaccine in the U.S., there have been no well designed prospective case controlled studies comparing the health outcomes of large groups of women who get pertussis containing Tdap vaccine during pregnancy either separately or simultaneously compared to those who do not get the vaccines, and no similar health outcome comparisons of their newborns at birth or in the first year of life have been conducted. Safety and effectiveness evaluations that have been conducted are either small, retrospective, compare vaccinated women to vaccinated women or have been performed by drug company or government health officials using unpublished data.

FACT--FACT--The FDA has licensed Tdap vaccines to be given once as a single dose pertussis booster shot to individuals over 10 or 11 years old. The CDC's recommendation that doctors give every pregnant woman a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy--regardless of whether a woman has already received one dose of Tdap--is an off-label use of the vaccine.

FACT--Injuries and deaths from pertussis-containing vaccines are the most compensated claims in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and influenza vaccine injuries and deaths are the second most compensated claim.

FACT--A 2013 published study evaluating reports of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following vaccination in the U. S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and in a European vaccine reaction reporting system found that pertussis containing DTaP was among the vaccines most frequently associated with brain inflammation in children between birth and age five.

Tdap is manufactured by two pharmaceutical companies: Sanofi Pasteur of France and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of the United Kingdom.

The Sanofi Pasteur product contains aluminum phosphate, residual formaldehyde, residual glutaraldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanola, along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: Stainer-Scholte medium, casamino acids, dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, modified Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium without beef heart infusion, ammonium sulfate, 2-phenoxyethanol, water for injection.

The GSK product contains aluminum hydroxide, sodium chloride, residual formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: modified Latham medium derived from bovine casein, Fenton medium containing bovine extract, formaldehyde, Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, glutaraldehyde, aluminum hydroxide.

Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian government announced on January 15, 2016 it will direct funds to a biomedical research center (Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute) to help develop a vaccine against Zika. Development of the vaccine is expected to take 3-5 years. Again, no consideration to the irony that you may be developing a vaccine to address a problem that may have been CAUSED by a vaccine, and that that new vaccine may COMPOUND the problem No consideration to the possibility that the answer to the problem may not be to do MORE, but rather to do LESS (simply STOP giving Tdap to pregnant women).

The number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil has grown to 3,530 babies, as of mid-January 2016. Fewer than 150 such cases were seen in all of 2014. Has this vaccine been used in the US in that time period? If it had, you would see a lot more problems there as well. Is it Zika, something else, a combination? Scary situation all around.





zika-virus-photo-2.jpgAre scientists to blame for Zika? Genetically modified mosquitos were released into Brazil in 2012

Concerns have been raised scientists could be to blame for the Zika virus outbreak after genetically modified insects were released into Brazil three years ago.

Didcot-based biotechnology company Oxitec worked on the same type of mosquito that carries the virus in 2012, engineering them to have offspring that die out before they can breed, reducing the population of disease-carrying bugs.

Some scientists questioned the wisdom of the plan at the time and it has led to critics claiming the modification could have sparked the current outbreak.

But Oxitec refuted these claims and has actually been asked to expand its work in Brazil to help tackle the outbreak, opening a new mosquito facility in Piracicaba.

Chief executive Hadyn Parry labelled the claims as 'simply untrue'.

He added: 'All vector control solutions - insecticides, traps, and 'sterile' mosquitoes get deployed in areas with a high incidence of disease to help stop the spread of the disease at its source.

'The fewer the mosquitoes, the lower the risk of disease. Our approach has proven to be more effective than the alternatives with a lower environmental impact.'

Oxitec, which was set up by Oxford University scientists in 2002, confirmed it was developing genetically modified 'sterile' mosquitoes in 2012 to tackle the spread of dengue fever and malaria.

The insects were released in Brazil, Malaysia, India and the Cayman Islands, aiming to wipe out as much as 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti species, which are now the primary carrier of Zika.

The company said its technique would be less damaging to the environment than killing the bugs through radiation, and added the gene could not be passed on to other species.

Critics at the time claimed the process was rushed, including Dr Helen Wallace of watchdog Genewatch, who told The Guardian it was 'an experimental approach' which 'could do more harm than good'.

mosquito-fogging.jpg

It comes as the World Health Organisation is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss cures for Zika, which can infect pregnant women and affect a child's development.

Zika has been linked with microcephaly in babies, a potentially fatal condition where skulls and brains fail to form properly.

Pedro Mello, secretary of health in Piracicaba, also defended the company and said it's work had helped protect the local population from different viruses including Zika.

He said: 'The initial project in CECAP/Eldorado district clearly showed that the 'friendly Aedes aegyptisolution' made a big difference for the inhabitants of the area, helping to protect them from the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

'It is important to remember that in dengue year 2014/15 CECAP/Eldorado had 133 cases of dengue, the highest incidence in the city of Piracicaba.

'In 2015/2016, after the beginning of the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project, we had only one case.

'With this result, in addition to extending the project for another year in CECAP/ Eldorado, we decided to expand the use of the friendly Aedes aegypti to the central area of Piracicaba.'

Many scientists have supported the British firm, including Alex Perkins, a Notre Dame biological sciences professor, who told Business Insider UK: 'It could very well be the case that genetically modified mosquitoes could end up being one of the most important tools that we have to combat Zika.

'If anything, we should potentially be looking into using these more.'

Zika is spreading northwards fast and a case in a four-year-old child was recently confirmed in Jamaica, the 24th country to report the virus.

Meanwhile, British hospitals are braced for cases of pregnant women exposed to the virus returning from abroad.





zika-virus-update.jpg(NaturalNews) Zika is now a sexually transmitted disease, says Dallas County Health and Human Services and the CDC. According to this story from the AP, Zika virus has been acquired by a Texas resident via sexual contact with an infected person.

But that's not all...

According to Dr. Amesh Adalja at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Zika virus may already have infected the emergency blood supply because blood donors are not screened for Zika.

We've also been told by the CDC that 80% of Zika carriers are symptomless, "silent" carriers, meaning they carry Zika but don't even know it. What happens when these people donate blood or engage in normal sexual activity with others?

The answer is that they would be spreading Zika virus to others.

Hence the panic we're all witnessing in the media.

But are we all being played?

When it comes to any virus, however -- Ebola, Bird Flu, Zika, etc. -- we've all learned over the last decade or so that the CDC and the WHO are usually lying about one or more important components of their official narratives.

The narrative almost always goes something like this: "The horror! This new virus is devastating humankind! We urgently need billions of dollars in vaccine funding from the government!"

And then the terrorized government ponies up a few billion dollars in emergency medicine vaccine research funding, and all the scientists and corporations rake in the dollars while the pandemic dies down on its own.

So we have to be cautious because none of us has any direct way to confirm anything we're told by the CDC. The CDC can fabricate anything it wants with near absolute immunity from real scientific scrutiny. And history has shown us that every time there's an opportunity to scare the population with another virus, both the CDC and WHO are quick to declare a "global pandemic" when there really isn't one.

So be cautious with the news about Zika. On one hand, it might be far worse than they're telling us and a legitimate threat to life throughout the Americas because of the genetically engineered mosquito experiment gone awry. But on the other end of the spectrum, this might be a false narrative being pushed by the vaccine industry to create yet another public scare so they can rake in more "research" money while demanding medical obedience from the public.

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger http://www.naturalnews.com/052850_Zika_virus_sexual_transmission_emergency_blood_supply.html





zika-virus-update.jpg4000 babies just born with shrunken heads in last 90 days in Brazil

Is it the dTap purtusis vaccines administered at 22 weeks of pregnancy or the GM Mosquitoes recently released that are causing the birth defect seen in theses poor babies?

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')?

The following is an article from Brazilian shrunken head babies blog:

In late 2014, the Ministry of Health of Brazil announced the introduction of the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine for all pregnant women in that country as part of its routine vaccination program. The move was aimed at trying to contain the resurgence of pertussis in Brazil.

In December 2015, the Brazilian government declared an emergency after 2,400 Brazilian babies were found to be born with shrunken heads (microcephaly) and damaged brains since October. Brazilian public health officials don't know what is causing the increase in microcephaly cases in babies born in Brazil, but they are theorizing that it may be caused by a virus known as "Zika," which is spread by mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti)--in the same way as is the West Nile virus.

The theory is largely based on the fact that they found the Zika virus in a baby with microcephaly following an autopsy of the dead child. The virus was also found in the amniotic fluid of two mothers whose babies had the condition. Note that Zika is not a new virus; it has been around for decades. No explanation has been given as to why suddenly it could be causing all these cases of microcephaly. No one is seriously asking the question, "What has changed?"

There is no theorizing about the possibility that the cases of microcephaly could be linked to the mandating of the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women in Brazil about 10 months earlier. The government has "assumed" the cause is a virus.

FACT--Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S. and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to this vaccine that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes.

FACT--According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adequate testing has not been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of the Tdap vaccine state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn that Tdap should "be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed."

FACT--There are ingredients pertussis containing Tdap vaccine that have not been fully evaluated for potential genotoxic or other adverse effects on the human fetus developing in the womb that may negatively affect health after birth, including aluminum adjuvants, mercury containing (Thimerosal) preservatives and many more bioactive and potentially toxic ingredients.

FACT--There are serious problems with outdated testing procedures for determining the potency and toxicity of pertussis vaccines and some scientists are calling for limits to be established for specific toxin content of pertussis-containing vaccines.

FACT--There are no published biological mechanism studies that assess pre-vaccination health status and measure changes in brain and immune function and chromosomal integrity after vaccination of pregnant women or their babies developing in the womb.

FACT--Since licensure of Tdap vaccine in the U.S., there have been no well designed prospective case controlled studies comparing the health outcomes of large groups of women who get pertussis containing Tdap vaccine during pregnancy either separately or simultaneously compared to those who do not get the vaccines, and no similar health outcome comparisons of their newborns at birth or in the first year of life have been conducted. Safety and effectiveness evaluations that have been conducted are either small, retrospective, compare vaccinated women to vaccinated women or have been performed by drug company or government health officials using unpublished data.

FACT--FACT--The FDA has licensed Tdap vaccines to be given once as a single dose pertussis booster shot to individuals over 10 or 11 years old. The CDC's recommendation that doctors give every pregnant woman a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy--regardless of whether a woman has already received one dose of Tdap--is an off-label use of the vaccine.

FACT--Injuries and deaths from pertussis-containing vaccines are the most compensated claims in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and influenza vaccine injuries and deaths are the second most compensated claim.

FACT--A 2013 published study evaluating reports of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following vaccination in the U. S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and in a European vaccine reaction reporting system found that pertussis containing DTaP was among the vaccines most frequently associated with brain inflammation in children between birth and age five.

Tdap is manufactured by two pharmaceutical companies: Sanofi Pasteur of France and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of the United Kingdom.

The Sanofi Pasteur product contains aluminum phosphate, residual formaldehyde, residual glutaraldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanola, along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: Stainer-Scholte medium, casamino acids, dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, modified Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium without beef heart infusion, ammonium sulfate, 2-phenoxyethanol, water for injection.

The GSK product contains aluminum hydroxide, sodium chloride, residual formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: modified Latham medium derived from bovine casein, Fenton medium containing bovine extract, formaldehyde, Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, glutaraldehyde, aluminum hydroxide.

Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian government announced on January 15, 2016 it will direct funds to a biomedical research center (Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute) to help develop a vaccine against Zika. Development of the vaccine is expected to take 3-5 years. Again, no consideration to the irony that you may be developing a vaccine to address a problem that may have been CAUSED by a vaccine, and that that new vaccine may COMPOUND the problem No consideration to the possibility that the answer to the problem may not be to do MORE, but rather to do LESS (simply STOP giving Tdap to pregnant women).

The number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil has grown to 3,530 babies, as of mid-January 2016. Fewer than 150 such cases were seen in all of 2014. Has this vaccine been used in the US in that time period? If it had, you would see a lot more problems there as well. Is it Zika, something else, a combination? Scary situation all around.





zika-virus-photo-2.jpgAre scientists to blame for Zika? Genetically modified mosquitos were released into Brazil in 2012

Concerns have been raised scientists could be to blame for the Zika virus outbreak after genetically modified insects were released into Brazil three years ago.

Didcot-based biotechnology company Oxitec worked on the same type of mosquito that carries the virus in 2012, engineering them to have offspring that die out before they can breed, reducing the population of disease-carrying bugs.

Some scientists questioned the wisdom of the plan at the time and it has led to critics claiming the modification could have sparked the current outbreak.

But Oxitec refuted these claims and has actually been asked to expand its work in Brazil to help tackle the outbreak, opening a new mosquito facility in Piracicaba.

Chief executive Hadyn Parry labelled the claims as 'simply untrue'.

He added: 'All vector control solutions - insecticides, traps, and 'sterile' mosquitoes get deployed in areas with a high incidence of disease to help stop the spread of the disease at its source.

'The fewer the mosquitoes, the lower the risk of disease. Our approach has proven to be more effective than the alternatives with a lower environmental impact.'

Oxitec, which was set up by Oxford University scientists in 2002, confirmed it was developing genetically modified 'sterile' mosquitoes in 2012 to tackle the spread of dengue fever and malaria.

The insects were released in Brazil, Malaysia, India and the Cayman Islands, aiming to wipe out as much as 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti species, which are now the primary carrier of Zika.

The company said its technique would be less damaging to the environment than killing the bugs through radiation, and added the gene could not be passed on to other species.

Critics at the time claimed the process was rushed, including Dr Helen Wallace of watchdog Genewatch, who told The Guardian it was 'an experimental approach' which 'could do more harm than good'.

mosquito-fogging.jpg

It comes as the World Health Organisation is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss cures for Zika, which can infect pregnant women and affect a child's development.

Zika has been linked with microcephaly in babies, a potentially fatal condition where skulls and brains fail to form properly.

Pedro Mello, secretary of health in Piracicaba, also defended the company and said it's work had helped protect the local population from different viruses including Zika.

He said: 'The initial project in CECAP/Eldorado district clearly showed that the 'friendly Aedes aegyptisolution' made a big difference for the inhabitants of the area, helping to protect them from the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

'It is important to remember that in dengue year 2014/15 CECAP/Eldorado had 133 cases of dengue, the highest incidence in the city of Piracicaba.

'In 2015/2016, after the beginning of the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project, we had only one case.

'With this result, in addition to extending the project for another year in CECAP/ Eldorado, we decided to expand the use of the friendly Aedes aegypti to the central area of Piracicaba.'

Many scientists have supported the British firm, including Alex Perkins, a Notre Dame biological sciences professor, who told Business Insider UK: 'It could very well be the case that genetically modified mosquitoes could end up being one of the most important tools that we have to combat Zika.

'If anything, we should potentially be looking into using these more.'

Zika is spreading northwards fast and a case in a four-year-old child was recently confirmed in Jamaica, the 24th country to report the virus.

Meanwhile, British hospitals are braced for cases of pregnant women exposed to the virus returning from abroad.





zika-virus-update.jpg4000 babies just born with shrunken heads in last 90 days in Brazil

Is it the dTap purtusis vaccines administered at 22 weeks of pregnancy or the GM Mosquitoes recently released that are causing the birth defect seen in theses poor babies?

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')?

The following is an article from Brazilian shrunken head babies blog:

In late 2014, the Ministry of Health of Brazil announced the introduction of the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine for all pregnant women in that country as part of its routine vaccination program. The move was aimed at trying to contain the resurgence of pertussis in Brazil.

In December 2015, the Brazilian government declared an emergency after 2,400 Brazilian babies were found to be born with shrunken heads (microcephaly) and damaged brains since October. Brazilian public health officials don't know what is causing the increase in microcephaly cases in babies born in Brazil, but they are theorizing that it may be caused by a virus known as "Zika," which is spread by mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti)--in the same way as is the West Nile virus.

The theory is largely based on the fact that they found the Zika virus in a baby with microcephaly following an autopsy of the dead child. The virus was also found in the amniotic fluid of two mothers whose babies had the condition. Note that Zika is not a new virus; it has been around for decades. No explanation has been given as to why suddenly it could be causing all these cases of microcephaly. No one is seriously asking the question, "What has changed?"

There is no theorizing about the possibility that the cases of microcephaly could be linked to the mandating of the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women in Brazil about 10 months earlier. The government has "assumed" the cause is a virus.

FACT--Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S. and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to this vaccine that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes.

FACT--According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adequate testing has not been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of the Tdap vaccine state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn that Tdap should "be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed."

FACT--There are ingredients pertussis containing Tdap vaccine that have not been fully evaluated for potential genotoxic or other adverse effects on the human fetus developing in the womb that may negatively affect health after birth, including aluminum adjuvants, mercury containing (Thimerosal) preservatives and many more bioactive and potentially toxic ingredients.

FACT--There are serious problems with outdated testing procedures for determining the potency and toxicity of pertussis vaccines and some scientists are calling for limits to be established for specific toxin content of pertussis-containing vaccines.

FACT--There are no published biological mechanism studies that assess pre-vaccination health status and measure changes in brain and immune function and chromosomal integrity after vaccination of pregnant women or their babies developing in the womb.

FACT--Since licensure of Tdap vaccine in the U.S., there have been no well designed prospective case controlled studies comparing the health outcomes of large groups of women who get pertussis containing Tdap vaccine during pregnancy either separately or simultaneously compared to those who do not get the vaccines, and no similar health outcome comparisons of their newborns at birth or in the first year of life have been conducted. Safety and effectiveness evaluations that have been conducted are either small, retrospective, compare vaccinated women to vaccinated women or have been performed by drug company or government health officials using unpublished data.

FACT--FACT--The FDA has licensed Tdap vaccines to be given once as a single dose pertussis booster shot to individuals over 10 or 11 years old. The CDC's recommendation that doctors give every pregnant woman a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy--regardless of whether a woman has already received one dose of Tdap--is an off-label use of the vaccine.

FACT--Injuries and deaths from pertussis-containing vaccines are the most compensated claims in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and influenza vaccine injuries and deaths are the second most compensated claim.

FACT--A 2013 published study evaluating reports of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following vaccination in the U. S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and in a European vaccine reaction reporting system found that pertussis containing DTaP was among the vaccines most frequently associated with brain inflammation in children between birth and age five.

Tdap is manufactured by two pharmaceutical companies: Sanofi Pasteur of France and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of the United Kingdom.

The Sanofi Pasteur product contains aluminum phosphate, residual formaldehyde, residual glutaraldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanola, along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: Stainer-Scholte medium, casamino acids, dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, modified Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium without beef heart infusion, ammonium sulfate, 2-phenoxyethanol, water for injection.

The GSK product contains aluminum hydroxide, sodium chloride, residual formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), along with the following growth mediums and process ingredients: modified Latham medium derived from bovine casein, Fenton medium containing bovine extract, formaldehyde, Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, glutaraldehyde, aluminum hydroxide.

Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian government announced on January 15, 2016 it will direct funds to a biomedical research center (Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute) to help develop a vaccine against Zika. Development of the vaccine is expected to take 3-5 years. Again, no consideration to the irony that you may be developing a vaccine to address a problem that may have been CAUSED by a vaccine, and that that new vaccine may COMPOUND the problem No consideration to the possibility that the answer to the problem may not be to do MORE, but rather to do LESS (simply STOP giving Tdap to pregnant women).

The number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil has grown to 3,530 babies, as of mid-January 2016. Fewer than 150 such cases were seen in all of 2014. Has this vaccine been used in the US in that time period? If it had, you would see a lot more problems there as well. Is it Zika, something else, a combination? Scary situation all around.





zika-virus-photo-2.jpgAre scientists to blame for Zika? Genetically modified mosquitos were released into Brazil in 2012

Concerns have been raised scientists could be to blame for the Zika virus outbreak after genetically modified insects were released into Brazil three years ago.

Didcot-based biotechnology company Oxitec worked on the same type of mosquito that carries the virus in 2012, engineering them to have offspring that die out before they can breed, reducing the population of disease-carrying bugs.

Some scientists questioned the wisdom of the plan at the time and it has led to critics claiming the modification could have sparked the current outbreak.

But Oxitec refuted these claims and has actually been asked to expand its work in Brazil to help tackle the outbreak, opening a new mosquito facility in Piracicaba.

Chief executive Hadyn Parry labelled the claims as 'simply untrue'.

He added: 'All vector control solutions - insecticides, traps, and 'sterile' mosquitoes get deployed in areas with a high incidence of disease to help stop the spread of the disease at its source.

'The fewer the mosquitoes, the lower the risk of disease. Our approach has proven to be more effective than the alternatives with a lower environmental impact.'

Oxitec, which was set up by Oxford University scientists in 2002, confirmed it was developing genetically modified 'sterile' mosquitoes in 2012 to tackle the spread of dengue fever and malaria.

The insects were released in Brazil, Malaysia, India and the Cayman Islands, aiming to wipe out as much as 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti species, which are now the primary carrier of Zika.

The company said its technique would be less damaging to the environment than killing the bugs through radiation, and added the gene could not be passed on to other species.

Critics at the time claimed the process was rushed, including Dr Helen Wallace of watchdog Genewatch, who told The Guardian it was 'an experimental approach' which 'could do more harm than good'.

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It comes as the World Health Organisation is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss cures for Zika, which can infect pregnant women and affect a child's development.

Zika has been linked with microcephaly in babies, a potentially fatal condition where skulls and brains fail to form properly.

Pedro Mello, secretary of health in Piracicaba, also defended the company and said it's work had helped protect the local population from different viruses including Zika.

He said: 'The initial project in CECAP/Eldorado district clearly showed that the 'friendly Aedes aegyptisolution' made a big difference for the inhabitants of the area, helping to protect them from the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

'It is important to remember that in dengue year 2014/15 CECAP/Eldorado had 133 cases of dengue, the highest incidence in the city of Piracicaba.

'In 2015/2016, after the beginning of the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project, we had only one case.

'With this result, in addition to extending the project for another year in CECAP/ Eldorado, we decided to expand the use of the friendly Aedes aegypti to the central area of Piracicaba.'

Many scientists have supported the British firm, including Alex Perkins, a Notre Dame biological sciences professor, who told Business Insider UK: 'It could very well be the case that genetically modified mosquitoes could end up being one of the most important tools that we have to combat Zika.

'If anything, we should potentially be looking into using these more.'

Zika is spreading northwards fast and a case in a four-year-old child was recently confirmed in Jamaica, the 24th country to report the virus.

Meanwhile, British hospitals are braced for cases of pregnant women exposed to the virus returning from abroad.