Meet The New Neighbors: Four Tropical Viruses That Could Make A Big Splash In North America Thanks To Climate Change Some people are never satisfied. Count among them virologists and epidemiologists. Even as The Zika panic cools off along with the weather in the northern hemisphere, these party poopers are on the lookout for new, potentially devastating diseases that could make the leap to the next level and show up in your Sunday paper–and possibly in your bloodstream–sometime very soon.… Read the rest
Zika Continues To Alarm: Study Finds That Brain Damage Can Still Occur Even In The Third Trimester For pregnant women, the first trimester is the hardest part–at least in terms of worrying about things like miscarriage, and normal fetal development. Some diseases, like rubella, which can result in traumatic results for fetuses if contracted in the first trimester are considerably less so if contracted later in the pregnancy.… Read the rest
CDC Shuts Out Congressional Investigators: 34 Incidents Involving Bioterror Pathogens Go Unreported There are certain things you have to report. Even as little kids we know this. If your younger brother doesn’t do his homework before watching TV while mom isn’t home, that’s one thing you don’t have to tell anyone about, if you’re feeling merciful. But if he falls off the roof and has a bone sticking out, that’s not something you can really get away with sweeping under the rug.… Read the rest
Zika Virus May Have Originated With Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Dengue, Yellow Fever Study The law of unintended consequences seems to dog the purveyors of all things genetically modified. Go figure, when you start tinkering with things that mother nature created over billions of years of slow evolution that our tiny human minds and limited vision might screw it up. But I digress.… Read the rest
There is, of course, a seriously important piece of information missing here: Vaccinated people shed viruses. They infect both the vaccinated (because vaccines don’t really provide protection (check out the CDC websites on the various vaccines and the package inserts for confirmation of that) and the unvaccinated. Parents who do not vaccinate their kids or themselves are actually promoting health.