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  posted on 5/16/2016 at 02:48 PM
Why did the Right Wing go ape sh!t over Ebola and seem unafraid of Zika?

House Zika Bill Is $1.3 Billion Short Of Obama’s Request

The White House sought $1.9 billion in February. The House is aiming to give $622 million.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/house-zika-bill_us_573a07d4e4b077d4d6f3 a1a1

 

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  posted on 5/16/2016 at 05:04 PM
They should follow the lead of the Australian gov't -- look what they're doing to protect their Olympic athletes....


Aussie athletes to receive condoms touted at combating Zika

SYDNEY — Australian athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be supplied with condoms which manufacturers say will offer "near complete" antiviral protect against the Zika virus.

The Australian Olympic Committee announced the health measure for the Aug. 5-21 Olympics in a statement Monday, with the team's chef de mission Kitty Chiller saying distribution of the condoms was "a commonsense approach to a very serious problem we are facing in Rio."

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is an epidemic in Central and Latin America, and the World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency.

Zika causes mild illness or no symptoms in most people but is believed to be linked to a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

 

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  posted on 5/16/2016 at 05:15 PM
........."unusually small heads...."
Not To Worry in this, the 21st century......Zika u ain't got nothing


1st US penis transplant could raise hope for maimed soldiers


BOSTON (AP) — A 64-year-old cancer patient has received the nation's first penis transplant, a groundbreaking operation that may also help accident victims and some of the many U.S. veterans maimed by roadside bombs.

In a case that represents the latest frontier in the growing field of reconstructive transplants, Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, is faring well after the 15-hour operation last week, Massachusetts General Hospital said Monday.

His doctors said they are cautiously optimistic that Manning eventually will be able to urinate normally and function sexually again for the first time since aggressive penile cancer led to the amputation of the former bank courier's genitals in 2012. They said his psychological state will play a big role in his recovery.

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I protest, they shouldn't just be limited to soldiers - huhwah
coming next, brain transplants
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  posted on 5/16/2016 at 08:20 PM
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Why did the Right Wing go ape sh!t over Ebola and seem unafraid of Zika?

House Zika Bill Is $1.3 Billion Short Of Obama’s Request

The White House sought $1.9 billion in February. The House is aiming to give $622 million.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/house-zika-bill_us_573a07d4e4b077d4d6f3 a1a1

Isn't it obvious? If the Obama White House wants it, the nitwits on the right automatically oppose it. It's what they've been doing for nearly 8 years.

Hoping the Olympics don't become the catalyst to spread Zika all over the world.

 

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  posted on 5/17/2016 at 08:03 AM
The Zika Virus: Pandemic Preparedness Is Needed Now!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-blumenthal/the-zika-virus-pandemic-p_b_ 9959026.html

 

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  posted on 5/17/2016 at 11:45 AM
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Hoping the Olympics don't become the catalyst to spread Zika all over the world.


The grotesquely-polluted water in & around Rio that's been written about, would seem to be a deadly carrier for such a virus
it's not just about Zika or feces-infested water anymore -- Politics & the Olympics are always 1 & the same -- this was published a few days ago
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LONDON — Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Fears about Zika. Political, economic and corruption crises.
What else could go wrong?

The past few days have unleashed a wave of grim news for the Olympics, battering four host cities — past, present and future — on three continents, and further eroding public trust in the credibility of the global sports movement.

The 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo — all have been caught up in an unprecedented meltdown of trouble.

Just when the sports world thought it had pulled away from the darkest days of the FIFA and IAAF scandals, a confluence of turmoil this week brought the clouds back and threatened the image and prestige of the Olympics, less than three months before the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Brazil.

It poses a new test for the International Olympic Committee, which endured its worst crisis with the Salt Lake City bidding scandal in the late 1990s.

Richard Ings, former chief executive of Australia's anti-doping agency, said sports leaders must work quickly or "sink further into this quicksand."
"It's about sport and the credibility of sport," he said. "And the responsibilities rest with sports administrators who are failing to reform."

David Larkin, an attorney and sports corruption expert, blames the continuing scandals on "a failed governance model, a broken system of sport justice and a troubled doping system."



[Edited on 5/17/2016 by Stephen]

 

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  posted on 5/17/2016 at 11:58 AM
Maybe the Olympics should be put on hold -- if it saves lives -- same thing the Zika virus -- hopefully a remedy is developed, and the disease contained & done away with

there were similar concerns some time back about the possible consequenses of what was then being called the West Nile virus -- it too was contained, thankfully

with security heightened to alarm levels, & so much political strife (nothing new), this summer's Olympiad looks ripe for ruin -- the sports/athletics/competition part of it is now too compromised

 

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  posted on 5/17/2016 at 12:48 PM
Agree with concerns expressed by the medical community. Rio is ground zero for the zika outbreak and its extremely recklesss to not postponne or move the games in the face of a human health crisis. Hosting will create carrriers that will spread the virus. Pres Obama should step up and withdraw the US representation in Rio.

 

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  posted on 5/18/2016 at 08:32 AM
How the Politics of Abortion Could Affect Women Who Want to Be Tested for the Zika Virus

http://www.vice.com/read/how-the-politics-of-abortion-could-affect-women-wh o-want-to-be-tested-for-the-zika-virus

 

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  posted on 5/18/2016 at 04:54 PM
I wasn't real worried but I killed something that looked like one those Asian tiger mosquitoes in the kitchen yesterday (black body with white spots) and now I am worried they are here in NY! Time to start eating bananas, they don't like bananas or people who eat them.

By the way, windex will kill anything, you don't have to use those horrible insecticides. Windex will do the job! [I smashed that mosquito with an envelope which is the first thing I could lay my hands on].



[Edited on 5/18/2016 by gina]

 

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  posted on 5/20/2016 at 10:08 AM
Number of pregnant women with Zika virus in U.S. triples, CDC says

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/20/health/zika-cdc-numbers/index.html

 

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  posted on 5/27/2016 at 08:11 AM
CDC Head Tom Frieden Delivers Emotional Plea For Zika Funding

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  posted on 5/27/2016 at 11:22 AM
Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution, lengthy negotiations ahead

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/05/27/congress-leaves -town-with-no-zika-resolution-lengthy-negotiations-ahead/

 

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  posted on 5/27/2016 at 06:23 PM
Doctors: Postpone or move Olympics due to Zika

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/27/health/zika-virus-olympic-games-health-offici als-postpone/index.html

 

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Zika crisis: WHO seeks to allay fears over Rio Olympics

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36405689

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/zika-scare-means-olympics- games-should-not-be-held-in-rio-150-top-medical-experts-say-a7053046.html

IMO we should take the lead and pull our athletes out of the summer games. I know it sucks for the hard working athletes that have poured years of heart and soul into this but the risk of accelerating the spread of Zika just isn't worth the reward.

 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/americans-not-immune-to-zika-virus_us_5 747140ee4b055bb117160b2

Dont Fall For The Latest Zika Virus Conspiracy Theory

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/10/health/zika-virus-pregnancy-who.html?_r=0

W.H.O. Advises Delaying Pregnancy in Areas With Zika Transmission

 

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  posted on 7/15/2016 at 10:50 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/opinions/zika-becoming-an-std-laurie-garrett/ index.html

Could Zika be the next HIV?
By Laurie Garrett&#61758;Updated 11:35 AM ET, Fri July 15, 2016


(CNN) Thirty-five years ago, alert physicians in the United States spotted a new disease, caused by a virus that had been in circulation, unnoticed, for decades in people, and millennia in monkeys.

The virus had hit pay dirt, racing through the gay sexual revolution where one man might have sex with 30 other men a year, giving the virus exponential rates of infection.

Over time, the virus' transmission shifted, especially in Africa, from rare cases of monkey-to-human transmission to general heterosexual spread, with women today five times more likely to be newly infected compared to men, thanks to sexual cultures that favor male promiscuity.

That was HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, which currently infects more than 37 million people living all over the world.

A key lesson of AIDS is that a virusin HIV's case, infecting African monkeysmight pass rarely, but repeatedly, to human beings for decades before arriving in a context of epidemic potential.

Adapting to new modes of transmission and targeting novel species, the microbe can exist for thousands of years before beginning to achieve previously unimaginable feats, with devastating impact.

Now the world is facing a virus that seems poised to make a similar leap: the Zika virus.

Like HIV, Zika originated in central Africa, very rarely infecting human beings, and circulating among rainforest primates. Unlike HIV, Zika had the ability to fly, carried by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from one monkey or human, to another.

Since reaching Brazil in 2013, where it has spread explosively over the last 12 months, Zika has demonstrated capabilities not seen, or extremely rarely noted, with any other insect-carried microbes.

Most worrying, Zika has shed its mosquito transport dependency, becoming an efficient resident of human semen, and spread from male-to-female (and male-to-male) via sexual intercourse.

This week researchers reported finding Zika in a woman's vagina, noting that, "the very presence in the female genital tract [implies] that sexual transmission from women to men could occur."

If Zika finds its way into an especially sexually active community, it could well become a threat not only in America's southern, mosquito-infested states, but anywhere in the world.

Like HIV, the Zika virus would likely find its way into populations that feel discriminated against by the general population, and take its toll disproportionately among teenage girls and young women.

And while politicians play partisan games with funding on Capitol Hill, government and philanthropic donors ignore the World Health Organization's pleas for a measly $122 million to fight it, and state health agencies scramble to find anti-mosquito resources, the virus is spreading in new ways, causing an ever-widening range of dangerous birth defects and human illnesses.

"I am concerned that the goose is cooked. This funding is done. It's not coming to us," Dr. Umair Shah, a public health official in Harris Country, Texas told NBC News. "We cannot spray our way out of this situation," Shah added, saying pesticides won't be enough to stop Zika at this late date in the American South.

Recognizing the threat already unfolding in Puerto Rico, the City of New York recently shipped one million free condoms to San Juan, where the local government put a freeze on condom prices to combat panic-driven cost escalation and profiteering. The Brazilian government will distribute nine million free condoms in Rio during the upcoming Summer Olympics.

The lingering Ebola epidemic in West Africa offers lessons on the difficulty of stopping a virus that takes on sexual transmission and can abide in semen for weeks after a man has recovered from the disease. Several times in 2015 and 2016, Ebola seemed to have been eradicated from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia, only to reemerge via sexual transmission.

The statistics on Zika as a sexually transmitted disease are sobering. According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus has emerged in 48 countries since Brazil sounded the alarm in October 2015.

Four of those countries have active mosquito-borne spread of the virus underway now, and eleven of themincluding the United Stateshave documented sexual transmission of the virus. Two Americans have died of Zika, one in Puerto Rico and the other in Utah. They were among the 1,132 travel-related Zika cases documented in the United States. Among the 50 states, Florida has been hardest hit to date, with 263 confirmed cases, 43 of them pregnant women, followed by Texas.


Politics should not trump biology

"No pregnant women should have to worry that her baby will develop brain damage because she was bitten once by a mosquito," a petition to Congress from the March of Dimes states. "It's an outrage that Congress has failed to give states and localities the resources they need to protect pregnant women and babies from Zika virus."

The Zika funding stalemate on Capitol Hill might well result in an increase in the numbers of abortions in the United States this yearan ironic and tragic outcome of a political squabble that features, among other disputes, Democrats' objection to House Republicans' inclusion of anti-Planned Parenthood language in the GOP's Zika bill.

In Latin American countries hard hit by the virus, abortion rates have soared this year by as much as 108%, which research suggests is due largely to women who feared carrying a "Zika baby" but had no access to tests that could confirm the healthy viability of their fetus. Such tests don't exist: American women have no special advantage in the Zika fight, despite the greater wealth of the United States.

In a few days, the Republican Party will gather for its national convention in Cleveland, Ohioa metropolis that last year ranked in the top twenty most mosquito-infested cities in the United States. At the end of this week, Congress will shut down for the summer, and the politicians will not return to hammer out new agreements until September 6.

Barring a remarkable compromise, the politicians will exit Washington on Friday, leaving funding for Zika prevention and research in the lurch, with the White House, Senate, and House each offering radically different funding proposals, none of which will materialize as money for research.

Meanwhile, in all tiers of public health across America, scientists and officials are scrambling to rob other budgets in order to finance research and mosquito control measures. At local levels, this ironically means things like sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) programs are losing money, so that counties can hire mosquito abatement experts.

At the federal level, the remaining Ebola programs are seeing their budgets pilfered to provide temporary Zika funds, and a range of basic science research initiatives at the National Institutes of Health are on hold, their funds diverted to efforts to understand, diagnose, treat and vaccinate against Zika.

Vital questions about Zika, especially as a sexually transmitted disease linked to birth defects, are going unanswered, thanks to the research funding gap.

Can the world's blood supply be cleansed of Zika risk with transfusion?

How likely is it that sexual transmission could dominate spread of Zika in the United States?

How long can Zika survive in semen and cause infections?

How does the virus get through the placenta to infect the developing fetus?

Is it possible to create a 100% reliable fetal test for Zika infection and brain damage that can be used to guide decisions regarding pregnancy termination?

Are the risks greater in a particular stage of pregnancy?

Why aren't sonograms reliably identifying microcephaly babies in utero?

Can a mother give birth to Zika-damaged babies if she never had symptoms of the disease?

Are there ways that women can protect themselves and carry babies to term, short of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to delay pregnancies altogether?

How can a potential Zika vaccine be safely tested on pregnant women and their babies

In the absence of answers to these and other Zika questions, women are compelled to make dire decisions, including opting for abortions.


Is Zika becoming a sexually transmitted disease?

While HIV and Ebola offer potential roadmaps for how this might happen, it's still an open question. Researchers in Brazil took a deep dive into the country's data for dengue, a virus spread by the same Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as carry Zika, analyzing of the disease's diagnoses in 2013, 2015, and early 2016.

They paid special attention to the distribution of dengue by age and gender. And they did the same for Zika cases in the country over 2015 and 2016. If all Zika cases were due to mosquito bites, the demographic distribution of dengue and Zika should match. But that's not what they found.

Instead, 90% more Zika cases were registered among women, compared to the female rates for dengue.

Neighboring Colombia has also seen far more Zika in females, with young women accounting for two-thirds of the 65,726 cases diagnosed by mid-April 2016.

Researchers note that though the infection rate was similar in very young children of both genders, "the incidence was significantly higher among female patients than among male patients in all other age groups."

Critics charge that both the Brazilian and Colombian studies may simply reflect the greater fear women have about exposure to Zika during pregnancy, prompting more of them to seek medical care. The researchers disagree, insisting that the higher rates of diagnosed Zika are seen in young women, whether or not they are pregnant or are trying to conceive.

One reason young women may be at higher risk is that they are having more sex with male partners whose semen may remain Zika-contaminated and infectious for months.

Such a pronounced gender difference wasn't seen in the Zika outbreaks in Pacific Island nations between 1990 and 2013, but there have been subtle genetic changes in the virus since its arrival in the Americas. Are these mutations relevant to sexual transmission? That is another research question scientists would like to answer, if Congress ever provides funding.

At the end of June, frustrated scientists at the NIH decided to charge ahead with pregnancy and sexual research, despite congressional gridlock, by putting numerous other disease studies on temporary hold.

A large study, tracking women over time in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, has begun enrolling volunteers. "We are going out on a limb, but we have to," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Reuters. "We can't say we're going to wait until we get all the money."

When microbes gain capacity to be sexually transmitted, they rarely disappear from the human population group in which they emerged.

In 2008, for instance, physicians in San Francisco noticed that drug-resistant Staphylococcus, MRSA, was far more prevalent among gay men compared to any other demographic group; the bacterial disease had become a STD, soon surfacing among gay men in Boston and New York.

In 2013, European researchers discovered that a virulent form of the bacterium that causes meningitis was spreading sexually among gay men. By 2015, gay men were dying from the new STD, and this year, public health officials all over the United States are begging gay men to get vaccinated as meningitis outbreaks surface nationwide.


How to prevent a sexually transmitted Zika catastrophe?

So what can we do to stave off a similarly catastrophic turn of events with the Zika virus? According to the CDC, 287 pregnant women living in the United States were diagnosed as Zika-infected by June 23, and another 250 in U.S. territories. There is no reliable test that can tell these 537 women whether or not the virus has passed to their fetus, gnawing away at their tiny, developing brains. In the United States and beyond, women especially are in desperate need of such a test.

A recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that two-thirds of Americans have heard of Zika, which means an alarming third of the population knows nothing about the disease, and is unlikely to take precautions against infection.

Fewer stillless than halfwere aware that Zika could be passed sexually. In the absence of such knowledge, sexually active Americans are unlikely to use condoms.

Around the world, intriguing puzzles abound. Jacqueline Silva de Oliveira lives in Santos, Brazil, where she contracted Zika during her pregnancyeither via a mosquito or sexually, it is not knownand gave birth to twins in February.

Today, Lucas is a healthy, happy infant, but his twin sister, Laura, suffers in agonizing pain thanks to Zika microcephaly -- which slaughters brain cells and results in complete remodeling of the brain in development.

The Brazilian government is monitoring six such sets of twins, discordant for Zika microcephaly, in hopes of learning how the virus infects (or doesn't infect) fetuses.

In France, a healthy couple trying to have children sought in vitro fertilization. The clinic assisting them tested their blood and his semen for various infections, including Zika: they were fine.

The couple took a holiday in the Caribbean nation of Martinique, returned to France, and underwent more tests. The man's blood was free of Zika, but about a month after they were back in France, the woman became infected. Examination of her partner's semen revealed Zika. Neither of them ever had symptoms of illness, nor felt any reason to avoid sex or use condoms, as they were a married couple trying to have a baby.

Here at home, time is running out. Researchers desperately need funding to provide the tools required to forestall a sexually transmitted Zika epidemic in the United States.

In the absence of those tools, women will make difficult choices, deferring pregnancies for months, perhaps years, and seeking abortions.

The stalemate on Capitol Hill may actually increase the likelihood that more American babies will be born with terrible malformations and neurological deficits. And, equally horribly, that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of couples will seek abortions based on suspicion of Zika infection, possibly terminating some healthy pregnancies.

 

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  posted on 7/15/2016 at 02:02 PM
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IMO we should take the lead and pull our athletes out of the summer games. I know it sucks for the hard working athletes that have poured years of heart and soul into this but the risk of accelerating the spread of Zika just isn't worth the reward.




Why can't somebody just develop a quickie swab test for Zika, the same like they have for HIV, they just do a Q-tip swab, collect some spit from your mouth and then they can give you the result very quickly? They have those home pregnancy tests, why can't they develop something like that for Zika? That way, the women can find out if they are infected, but the men could also do their own quickie test before exposing themselves to potentially life impacting medical problems.

 

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IMO we should take the lead and pull our athletes out of the summer games. I know it sucks for the hard working athletes that have poured years of heart and soul into this but the risk of accelerating the spread of Zika just isn't worth the reward.




Why can't somebody just develop a quickie swab test for Zika, the same like they have for HIV, they just do a Q-tip swab, collect some spit from your mouth and then they can give you the result very quickly? They have those home pregnancy tests, why can't they develop something like that for Zika? That way, the women can find out if they are infected, but the men could also do their own quickie test before exposing themselves to potentially life impacting medical problems.




I think because it doesn't always show in saliva.....that is why the CDC is testing sperm. also the 1st case of vaginal transmission has been detected........soooo

 

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  posted on 7/29/2016 at 08:54 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/health/florida-health-officials-confirm-local -zika-transmission/index.html?adkey=bn

Florida health officials confirm local Zika transmission
By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN
Updated 9:39 AM ET, Fri July 29, 2016

(CNN)Four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Florida health officials said Friday.

These are the first known cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States.
The unidentified individuals had not traveled to a Zika-affected area, had not had sexual contact with someone who had traveled to a place where the virus is circulating and had no other known exposure to the virus.
U.S. health officials and experts have warned to expect local transmission of the virus from mosquitoes, but don't expect widespread transmission, as has been seen in Puerto Rico and throughout the Americas.
More than 60 countries and territories are currently reporting local transmission of the virus.

 

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  posted on 8/1/2016 at 07:50 AM
Act One of 'Zika Hits the USA' has begun

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/opinions/zika-hits-usa-garrett/index.html

 

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More Locally Spread Zika Infections Found in Miami Neighborhood

Federal health officials are urging pregnant women to stay away from a Miami neighborhood where more cases of Zika transmitted by local mosquitoes have been found apparently the first time the agency has advised people not to travel to a place in the continental United States.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/health/zika-florida.html

 

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/03/health/zika-brazil-microcephaly-babies-brains -gupta/index.html

Fighting Zika's microcephaly in Brazil, one brain at a time

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Sandee LaMotte, CNN
Updated 10:41 AM ET, Wed August 3, 2016

Salvador, Brazil (CNN)The sun beats down on my head as I walk, sweat pouring off my body. A recent rain is steaming off the streets of Pau da Lima, one of the poorest favelas -- slums -- in the northeastern city of Salvador, the third largest city in Brazil, and one of the hardest hit by Zika.

Despite the heat, I'm in long sleeves and long pants, with an extra layer of pesticide for good measure. I'm not making it easy for any local mosquitoes to bite me and implant the virus they carry. But everywhere I look, women and children are in shorts and tank tops, and the men bare chested. Even in the dead of winter, Brazil's heat is oppressive.

Beside me walks Dr. Jamary Oliveira Filho, a Harvard-trained neurologist who is showing me around his hometown, where his family still lives. He's taken me to this area to show me firsthand the sort of environment that is the perfect breeding ground for Zika.
"This is a typical community in Salvador," he tells me. The houses are often half-finished and there are no screens on the windows, no climate control. Roofs are flat, where water can gather. Main streets might be asphalt, he says, but the side streets will be dirt, where water can also pool and attract mosquitoes.

"The people move in without good infrastructure because they need to live close to work," Filho explains. "And it's the perfect setup for an epidemic to occur, where there's already inadequate economic and social conditions."
Right now in Brazil, there are more than 1,700 confirmed cases of Zika-related microcephaly, a rare birth defect that results in an underdeveloped brain. More than 1,400 of those cases are in the northeast region of the country, in and around Salvador. Compare that to 121 cases in the Southeast, 61 in the center and 11 in the South, and you begin to wonder: Just what is it about this part of the country that is making women and their babies so susceptible to Zika's birth defects? Could it be nutrition? Some unknown environmental factor?
It's a question Filho and his colleagues desperately want to answer.
The epidemic up close
Three mothers and their babies are gathered in a clean and sterile room at the Hospital Geral Roberto Santos. They've brought their babies at our request for an extra day of therapy at the hospital's microcephaly clinic. It's located in a simple neighborhood not far from Engomadeira, one of the poorest and most dangerous favelas in the city.
All of these mothers were bitten during their pregnancy by Zika-carrying mosquitoes, long before anyone knew of the danger. Today they are living with the consequences, babies with brains that did not develop, leaving them prone to blindness, deafness, epileptic seizures and even the inability to suckle and grow.

No one knows what the long-term impact of microcephaly will be for these families. In the U.S., the March of Dimes recently estimated the cost of care for one American child with microcephaly to be $10 million dollars.
These mothers jumped at the chance to get additional therapy for their babies. It's mostly sensory stimulation designed to get the children to use their senses and galvanize new brain growth. Therapists slather shaving cream on giant red balls, and encourage the children to stroke. Tiny feet are placed in buckets with pea-sized balls, and enticed to kick.
Zika has robbed them of much of their sight, so glasses are put on each of the children several times a day, to encourage them to open their eyes and take in the world. Black and white toys, the sort you give a newborn for stimulation, are dangled to excite, even though these infants range from six to eight months old.

I am quickly drawn to 7-month-old baby Julia, a chubby darling with wide brown eyes. She seems to be sitting up straighter, and managing to hold her head up higher than the other babies in the room. It's a skill they should have all mastered by three months of age.
I cuddle her in my arms and quickly feel the rigidity in her muscles, a classic sign of microcephaly. Despite that, she grasps my finger firmly.
"That's a good grip!" I tell her with a smile. "Can I give your hand a kissie?" I kiss it again and again, with exaggerated smacking sounds. And guess what? Julia laughs! And then she stares deeply into my eyes.
"We've got a connection here," I tell her mom. "We have certainly got a connection."
And then we all laugh, Julia included.
A ray of hope?
The clinic is the brainchild of hospital director Dr. Antonio Raimundo Pinto de Almeida and Yale University Professor Dr. Albert Ko. Along with Filho, they are part of a multi-disciplinary team that had been studying health issues in urban slums for more than 20 years when Zika appeared on the scene. They quickly turned their attention to the virus and began to investigate the unknowns. To do so, they found and enrolled more than 1,200 women in the area to follow the progress of their babies, many born with microcephaly.

They were one of the first teams in Brazil to discover birth defects beside microcephaly in children born of Zika, and began cataloging their findings months ago. Even in children born with normal heads, they've documented eye lesions, hearing loss and developmental delays, and fear they have only seen a small part of what Zika may have in store.
Filho and I huddle in front of images of Julia's brain, captured by a CAT scan and projected upon the wall. He points to the telltale signs of microcephaly, calcifications and a loss of brain volume, and shows me how he can tell that Julia was one of the unlucky ones. Her mother was bitten in her first trimester of pregnancy. Studies show the brains of those children are the most severely damaged.
"You see the brain is severely distorted," says Filho, pointing with his finger. "This is pretty severe for a congenital disease."

Is there anything he's learned from these brains that has surprised him?
"Certainly the difference between how severe the brains look and how well the children are developing. I think with the stimulation the children are getting from the therapy, we see better outcomes than we'd expect from looking at the scans."
Is that some good news? I'm hoping the answer is "yes."
"That's some good news, yes," he tells me. "At least for the time being, they are growing well, despite all of the challenges they are facing."

 

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