EXCLUSIVE: Gotnews.com Has LEAKED Flight Info of #Ebola Dallas Patient
OCTOBER 2, 2014*BY*CHARLES C. JOHNSON1 COMMENT
Gotnews.com*leaked the travel itinerary of the Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, by a United Airlines employee.
Here’s the email.
And here’s the quotation:
Thomas Duncan flew from Monrovia (ROB) to Brussels (BRU) on Brussels Airlines flight 1247 (SN1247) which departed ROB on Thurs. Sept. 18 and arrived in BRU early moring Fri. Sept. 19. He did not depart BRU until the next day aboard United Airlines flight (UA951) which arrived at Dulles (IAD) the same day. He had a round-trip ticket, which was purchased on Sept. 2 from an IATA accredited*travel agency in Lagos, Nigeria. It*appears his ticket was purchased by a company named “Silson Global Business Liberia Ltd.”.*His return flight was scheduled to depart Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) on*Oct. 19. The return flight was scheduled for DFW-IAD-BRU-FNA (FNA is Lungi Intl Airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone)
Gotnews.com has confirmed the flight details as well as the information.
Liberia’s Largest Newspaper Accuses US of Manufacturing Ebola Virus (Video)
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:53 AM
Liberia’s Largest Newspaper Accuses US of Manufacturing Ebola
The*Liberian Daily Observer, which is the largest newspaper in Liberia, just published an article on their front page with the headline,*“Ebola, AIDS Manufactured By Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?”*The article*accuses the US*of manufacturing the Ebola outbreak in a scheme to use Africa as a testing ground for bioweapons.
SITES AROUND AFRICA, AND IN WEST AFRICA, HAVE OVER THE YEARS BEEN SET UP FOR TESTING EMERGING DISEASES, ESPECIALLY EBOLA
The World Health Organization (WHO) and several other UN Agencies have been implicated in selecting and enticing African countries to participate in the testing events, promoting vaccinations, but pursuing various testing regiments. The August 2, 2014 article, West Africa: What are US Biological Warfare Researchers Doing in the Ebola Zone? by Jon Rappoport of Global Research pinpoints the problem that is facing African governments.
Obvious in this and other reports are, among others:
(a) The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), a well-known centre for bio-war research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland;
(b) Tulane University, in New Orleans, USA, winner of research grants, including a grant of more than $7 million the National Institute of Health (NIH) to fund research with the Lassa viral hemorrhagic fever;
Ebola Quarantine Stations Established in El Paso, Los Angeles, and 18 other cities.
Dean Garrison*August 1, 2014
I have an idea. Let's bring*Ebola*here instead of worrying about it coming here unexpectedly. If we are going to*put 300 million people in jeopardy, it should be our choice to do so rather than having it come as a surprise."
U.S. spy satellites are tracking the infected flocks, which started in Asia and are now heading north to Siberia and Alaska, where they will soon mingle with flocks from the North American flyways."What we're watching in real time is evolution," said Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. "And it's a biological process, and it is, by definition, unpredictable."
If you can't see the utter B.S. said by the CFR person laurie Garrett you really don't belong on this forum! Why and how does the U.S. govt know which flocks are "INFECTED"?????????
NOTE: I told you people! now all the info I posted on this "evolving" event, has now disappeared from the original sources, thank God for Blogs....
I can't find the exact quote she said long before the Ebola outbreak in Africa, but she said something similar to the "Bird Flu Virus" that the U.S. Government knew there would be a outbreak! Laurie Garrett-CFR
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Global health systems; chronic and infectious diseases; bioterrorism; public health and its effects on foreign policy and national security.
Since 2004, Laurie Garrett has been a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. Ms. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. Her expertise includes global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism.
Ms. Garrett is the best-selling author of*The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance*(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994) and*Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health*(Hyperion Press, 2000). Over the years, she has also contributed chapters to numerous books, including*AIDS in the World(Oxford University Press, 1993), edited by Jonathan Mann, Daniel Tarantola, and Thomas Netter, and*Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases*(New York Academy of Sciences, 1994), edited by Mary E. Wilson. Her latest book is*I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.
By DAVID WARREN and LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated PressSep 30, 2014, 6:15 PM
DALLAS —*A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.
The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person's symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.
The person, an adult who was not publicly identified, developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from Liberia and showed no symptoms on the plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the patient came to the U.S. to visit family and has been hospitalized since the weekend.
State health officials said no other cases are suspected in Texas.
Specimens from the patient were tested by a state lab and confirmed by a separate test by the Centers for Disease Control, said Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health & Human Services, said health officials in North Texas are well equipped to care for the patient.
"This is not Africa," he told Dallas station WFAA. "We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.
"Twelve other people in the U.S. have been tested for Ebola since July 27, according to the CDC. All of those tests were negative.
Four American aid workers who became infected while volunteering in West Africa have been treated in special isolation facilities in hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska, and a U.S. doctor exposed to the virus in Sierra Leone is under observation in a similar facility at the National Institutes of Health.
The U.S. has only four such isolation units, but the CDC has insisted that any hospital can safely care for someone with Ebola.
Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.Health officials use two primary guidelines when deciding whether to test a person for the virus
— whether that person has traveled to West Africa and whether he or she has been near friends or relatives or other people who have been exposed to the virus, said CDC spokesman Jason McDonald.
First Ebola Case in U.S., But CDC Vows 'We Will Stop It Here'
By Sydney Lupkin (@slupkin)Sep 30, 2014, 6:35 PM
The first*Ebola*case has been diagnosed in the United States, but a top health official said today there is "no doubt... we will stop it here."
Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the patient left Liberia on Sept 10 and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20. The patient sought medical help on Sept. 27 and was put in isolation on Sept. 28, Frieden said.
Tests confirming the Ebola diagnosis came back today. The White House said President Obama was briefed about the patient by Frieden.
Frieden stressed that the patient was not sick on departure from Liberia or upon arrival in the U.S. and the disease can only be contracted by someone exhibiting symptoms of the disease.
Frieden said he was confident there would not be an Ebola outbreak in the U.S."There is no doubt in my mind we will stop it here," he said.
By E. J. Nathaniel DaygborThe residents of the Mount Barclay Community within the Johnsonville Township, outside of Monrovia woke up on last Friday morning in total dismay when the remains of dead Ebola victims were reportedly seen, eaten by dogs, something reminiscent of the brutal civil war here, when dogs ate dead bodies on the streets.
If Ebola Arrives In The U.S., Stopping It May Rely On Controversial Tools
8/12/2014 @ 7:53AM*|69,229 views
Given the scope of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in Western Africa, it seems possible that a case will eventually emerge in the U.S.*We could even see an isolated cluster of infections in an American city.
For most Americans, it may be the first time they glimpse the tools that our government has staked out over the last decade, as preparation for public health emergencies like a pandemic flu, or even bioterrorism. Some of these authorities are wholly necessary. Others will prove controversial and worthy of closer scrutiny.
Chief among them are authority maintained by the Centers for Disease Control to quarantine Americans suspected of having a dangerous, communicable disease.
In some cases, this includes the power to isolate people, and hold a healthy person against his will. The CDC’s quarantine authority has been strengthened in recent years. But we haven’t had sufficient debate about how to balance individual rights against public health in these circumstances. And when quarantine is even effective. We should revisit these issues before we find ourselves invoking these tools.
More babies return with negative tuberculosis results, El Paso health officials say
By Aaron Bracamontes / El Paso TimesPOSTED: * 09/30/2014 08:54:26 AM MDT
None of the more than 850 babies born at Providence Memorial Hospital potentially exposed to tuberculosis have yet to be diagnosed with active tuberculosis, officials said Monday.
The El Paso Department of Public Health released the latest numbers on Monday afternoon. The number of babies possibly exposed to TB has grown from 706 to 853 since health officials first announced the possible exposure on Sept. 19.
Of the 853 babies, 59 live in New Mexico, 27 in Mexico and one each in Arizona, Minnesota and Montana. The rest live in Texas, officials said in a news release. Officials with the health department did not return phone calls for comment.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe and often deadly illness that can occur in humans and primates (e.g. monkeys, gorillas).
Ebola hemorrhagic fever has made worldwide news because of its destructive potential.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola fever) is caused by a virus belonging to the family called Filoviridae. Scientists have identified five types of Ebola virus. Four have been reported to cause disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire virus, Ebola-Sudan virus, Ebola-Ivory Coast virus, and Ebola-Bundibugyo. The human disease has so far been limited to parts of Africa.
The Reston type of Ebola virus has recently been found in the Philippines.
The disease can be passed to humans from infected animals and animal materials. Ebola can also be spread between humans by close contact with infected body fluids or through infected needles in the hospital.
During the incubation period, which can last about 1 week (rarely up to 2 weeks) after infection, symptoms include:
•Backache (low-back pain)
Late symptoms include:
•Bleeding from eyes, ears, and nose
•Bleeding from the mouth and rectum (gastrointestinal bleeding)
•Eye swelling (conjunctivitis)
•Genital swelling (labia and scrotum)
•Increased feeling of pain in the skin
•Rash over the entire body that often contains blood (hemorrhagic)
•Roof of mouth looks red
Tests used to diagnose Ebola fever include:
•Tests of how well the blood clots (coagulation studies)
•Liver function tests
•Tests to show whether someone has been exposed to the Ebola virus (virus-specific antibodies)
There is no known cure. Existing medicines that fight viruses (antivirals) do not work well against Ebola virus.
The patient is usually hospitalized and will most likely need intensive care. Supportive measures for shock include medications and fluids given through a vein.
Bleeding problems may require transfusions of platelets or fresh blood.
United Planes Carrying #Ebola Passenger Flew to Dozen Plus US Cities, 5 Countries
OCTOBER 2, 2014*BY*CHARLES C. JOHNSON1 COMMENT
The United Airlines planes carrying Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan flew on to at least a dozen American cities and more than five countries. United did not clean the planes.The cities include: London, Sao Paolo, Frankfurt, Brussels, Newark, Chicago, New York, Los Angles, Houston, Denver, Portland, and many more.Here are the links to the specific aircrafts and their previous flights:http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N482UA* THE AIRBUS 321 HE FLEW IAD-DFWhttp://flightaware.com/live/flight/N771UA* THE BOEING 777 HE FLEW BRU-IADFlight Aware data from the two United Airlines planes that flew Ebola passenger confirms the routes.
A Link Between the Ebola Outbreak and a US Bioweapons Lab?
Sunday, July 27, 2014
What's behind the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone? Could it possibly be a US bioweapons project gone amuck? Why are US military agencies taking the lead in responding to the breakout? These are questions that need to be asked.
"There are many villages in the eastern part of Sierra Leone that are basically devastated," virologist Robert Garry of Tulane University*toldNational Pubic Radio. "We walked into one village ... and we found 25 corpses. One house with seven people, all in one family, were dead.
"It's a very serious situation there," adds Garry, who just returned to the U.S. from West Africa. "This is about as bad as it [an Ebola outbreak] gets.
"The epicentre of the current Ebola epidemic is the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone.BeforeItIsNews*claims the hospital houses a US a biosecurity level 2 bioweapons research lab. That claim is unconfirmed, however, this we do know.
Analysis of clinical samples from suspected Lassa fever cases in Sierra Leone showed that about two-thirds of the patients had been exposed to other emerging diseases, and nearly nine percent tested positive for Ebola virus. The findings, published in this month’s edition of*Emerging Infectious Diseases, demonstrates that Ebola virus has been circulating in the region since at least 2006—well before the current outbreak,*reportsGlobal BioDefense.
According to GBD, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has been operating in the area since 2006, supposedly working on "diagnostic tests."
Author Randal J. Schoepp, PH. D. reports that because the USAMRIID team just happened to be working on disease identification and diagnostics in the area, they had pre-positioned assays in the region to address the ebola outbreak:
We had people on hand who were already evaluating samples and volunteered to start testing right away when the current Ebola outbreak started.*
The laboratory testing site in Kenema is*supported*by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System.*Other contributors to the work include the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office-Critical Reagents Program, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, and the DTRA Joint Science and Technology Office.
Metabiota Inc., a non-government organization (NGO) is also involved in the testing. It lists among its partners, the Department of State, Biological Engagement Program and the Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Advisors to the NGO include*Admiral Gary Roughead, former US Chief of Naval Operations.
Oh, and about Robert Parry, the virologist that I quote above who was in Sierra Leone,*BioMed Central*reports, that:
He is currently managing a consortium of scientists who are developing modern diagnostics for several biodefense pathogens.
Congressmen: Yes, Obama Is Using Cloward-Piven Strategy to Collapse the System
Posted by*Melissa Melton
In regard to the*sudden illegal immigrant surge*at the U.S.-Mexico border, two Congressmen have gone on record to confirm President Obama is*indeed*using aCloward-Piven strategy*to overwhelm America,*WND is reporting.
For a look back on how the Obama Administration brought us to this point, enter into evidence two extensive timelines:
By GILLIAN MOHNEY (@gillianmohney)Oct 8, 2014, 1:02 PM
Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient who was being treated for*Ebola*in an isolation unit at a Texas hospital, has died, officials said today.
It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.," the hospital said in a statement.
"Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing," the statement said.
Duncan, a Liberian man who had traveled to Texas to visit family, was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease while in the U.S. and became the first person to die of the disease in the U.S.
Louise Troh, the mother of Duncan's teenage son and the woman referred to as his wife by family members, released a statement thanking local community and medical officials for their help treating Duncan.
"My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God," wrote Troh. "I am now dealing with the sorrow and anger that his son was not able to see him before he died. This will take some time, but in the end, I believe in a merciful God."
Duncan’s son, Karsiah Duncan, 19, told reporters Tuesday he was praying for his father’s recovery. Karsiah Duncan had not seen his father since he was 3, when he and his mother Louise Troh left Liberia, according to ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas.
Troh and three other people are still in quarantine after they were exposed to Duncan while he had symptoms of Ebola.
Duncan's daughter, Young or Jallah, was distraught after learning of her father's death.
“I am not okay and I don’t know what to do,” she told ABC News through tears.
Duncan was admitted to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sept. 28. He initially went to the hospital's emergency room with symptoms on Sept. 26. He returned in an ambulance two days later and had been in an isolation unit since then.
On Saturday Duncan’s condition was downgraded from serious to critical, as doctors worked to save his life. Hospital officials confirmed Tuesday he was on a respirator and receiving*kidney dialysis.
Duncan was the*first person to be given the experimental drug*brincidofovir.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke at a city council meeting soon after Duncan's death was announced.
"This hurts deeply," said Rawlings. " We were hoping this was not going to happen.”Rawlings also stressed that health teams had taken steps to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in Dallas.
“We will stop the Ebola virus in its tracts from spreading into our community," said Rawlings.
“I want to reinforce to the public, that this was an isolated incident of the Ebola virus; contracted by the individual while residing in another country.”
Judge Clay Jenkins, who helped move Duncan’s relatives from a cramped apartment to a donated house, said in a statement his “thoughts are with the family and friends.
"“We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease,” wrote Jenkins.
According to Duncan’s neighbors in Monrovia, Liberia, Duncan might have contracted the deadly virus when he helped take a pregnant woman to a hospital while she was vomiting blood. He traveled with the woman to several facilities that turned her away and then helped carry her back into her home. She died the next day and it was later determined that she died of Ebola.
When he departed Liberia on Sept. 19, his temperature was taken at the airport and he was determined to not have a fever. He checked a form at the airport before leaving indicating he had not been in contact with anyone infected by Ebola. It's not clear whether he was aware at the time whether the pregnant woman he helped was suffering from Ebola.
Four health workers were brought back from West Africa where they contracted the disease and were treated and released. A fifth person, cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, is being treated at a Nebraska facility.
The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has already killed at least 3,431 and infected least 4,000 others since it started in March, according to the World Health Organization.
Obamacare May Hold the Key to Saving the U.S. from Ebola
Author:*Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global HealthOctober 1, 2014 ForeignPolicy.com
Fear of Ebola has been climbing steadily in the United States since*Tuesday's announcement*that a Liberian traveler in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed with the disease after having been in Texas for eight days. A month ago, a*Harvard School of Public Health poll*found that 39 percent of Americans thought an Ebola outbreak would come to the United States, and 26 percent felt concerned that they or a member of their family would get the disease. But things got concrete on Tuesday when news of the Dallas case wasblamed in part*for the 266-point plummet of the*Dow Jones. And while concern over the case in understandable -- even, in some respects, warranted -- most of what people are reacting to is nothing to fret over.
Could take 48 hours to confirm if deputy has Ebola
Marjorie Owens, Jason Whitely, Tanya Eiserer and David Schechter, WFAA7:10 p.m. CDT October 8, 2014
FRISCO — Crews transported a patient exhibiting "signs and symptoms of Ebola" from a Frisco CareNow clinic to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas."Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case," said Wendell Watson, a spokesman with the hospital.
The patient was identified as Dallas County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Michael Monnig, who accompanied county health officials Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins into the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan had been staying when he fell ill with Ebola.
"Initial reports from the urgent care facility indicated the patient had direct contact with the Dallas 'patient zero'; however, Frisco firefighter-paramedics now report the patient says he had contact with the apartment and family members related to the Dallas 'patient zero' prior to the apartment being decontaminated," said city of Frisco spokesperson Dana Baird.
CURRENT EBOLA OUTBREAK PREDICTED, FICTIONALIZED AS “FLU”
A Rockefeller Foundation white paper published in May of 2010 titled*Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development*takes a look at hypothetical future scenarios which may be used to benefit privy globalist corporations, businessmen and organizations at a later time.
Shockingly published in the*Scenario Narratives*section on page 18, titled*Lock Step, the Rockefeller Foundation nearly hit the nail on the head with their futuristic and fictitious scenario. I mean what are the chances? Come on. It literally follows lockstep.
An excerpt from page 18 reads:
In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain originating from wild geese was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.
The pandemic blanketed the planet though disproportionate numbers died in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, where the virus spread like wildfire in the absence of official containment protocols. But even in developed countries, containment was a challenge. The United States’s initial policy of “strongly discouraging” citizens from flying proved deadly in its leniency, accelerating the spread of the virus not just within the U.S. but across borders. However, a few countries did fare better China in particular. The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter post-pandemic recovery.
False Flag warning NYC: Full-scale ‘Ebola’ pandemic drill to go live Nov. 13, FEMA, crisis actors, role players involved
*November 2, 2014 5:18 pm EST
OBAMA ADMIN AND MEDIA TO HYPE ‘EBOLA OUTBREAK’ SIMULTANEOUSLY AS A FULL-SCALE FEMA PANDEMIC EXERCISE IS CARRIED OUT NOV. 13 IN NYC, NJ — CRISIS ACTORS, ROLE PLAYERS TO BE USED
BY SHEPARD AMBELLAS
— A massive 2-year long pandemic “continuity exercise” is nearing “stage three” of five onNovember 13th, going live in*“New York City”*and “other locations”, according to new documents and audio/video recordings uncovered byIntellihub*News.
Shockingly, in a jaw dropping admission, a FEMA official was caught telling role players during a livewebinar*session that FEMA plans to use people’s fears of “Ebola” and what has “been reported in the news” to “drive” this realtime “full-scale” event.
“I will also take the time to say now, we were very aware of all the responses we are getting that Ebola is very high on people’s attention list. And so rest assured we have taken a lot of the things that are actually happening with the Ebola crisis and factored them into the exercise. They are just under the cover of you know, what would happen during a pandemic. So we have actually taken things that we have seen, things that have been reported in the news, things that we’ve heard from partners and made sure that we are going to get a chance and deal with those actions”, stated a FEMA official conducting apandemic “master scenario”*webinarpresentation for*role players, i.e. crisis actors, privy to details of the exercise.
Microcephaly usually is the result of abnormal brain development, which can occur in the womb (congenital) or during infancy. Microcephaly may be genetic. Other causes may include:
Craniosynostosis.*The premature fusing of the joints (sutures) between the bony plates that form an infant's skull keeps the brain from growing. Treating craniosynostosis (kray-nee-o-sin-os-TOE-sis) usually means your infant needs surgery to separate the fused bones. If there are no underlying problems in the brain, this surgery allows the brain adequate space to grow and develop.
Chromosomal abnormalities.*Down syndrome and other conditions may result in microcephaly.
Decreased oxygen to the fetal brain (cerebral anoxia).*Certain complications of pregnancy or delivery can impair oxygen delivery to the fetal brain.
Infections of the fetus during pregnancy.These include toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, German measles (rubella) and chickenpox (varicella).
Exposure to drugs, alcohol or certain toxic chemicals in the womb.*Any of these put your baby at risk of brain abnormalities.
Severe malnutrition.*Not getting adequate nutrition during pregnancy can affect your baby's development.
Uncontrolled phenylketonuria (fen-ul-kee-toe-NU-ree-uh), also known as PKU, in the mother.*PKU is a birth defect that hampers the body's ability to break down the amino acid phenylalanine.
How Brazil Uncovered the Possible Connection Between Zika and Microcephaly
Alexandra Sifferlin/Recife, Brazil@acsifferlinFeb. 1, 2016
The Zika outbreak almost certainly began in the Brazilian city of Recife, where doctors figured out what was happening to pregnant women
It’s a Sunday in the Brazilian city of Recife, but a team of infectious disease, pediatric and neurology experts are working overtime, huddled in a back room of the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital. They are collaborating research paper about an outbreak they helped uncover: the mysterious spike in cases of microcephaly among newborns that may be linked to the Zika virus.
The team is made up of doctors from hospitals around the city including Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden, a neurologist in this Brazilian city in Pernambuco state who helped sound the alarm over Zika early. In August 2015, Dr. Van der Linden saw a baby with severe microcephaly, a severe birth defect that involves an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development. The mother remembered that in the first month of her pregnancy she had come down with a rash, but nothing that seemed too severe.
Yet when Dr. Van Der Linden conducted the usual brain scans to determine the cause of the child’s small head, the usual suspects like rubella or toxoplasmosis were ruled out. The images of calcification in the brain looked different from other cases of microcephaly that she had seen in the past.
One day during a later hospital shift Dr. Van der Linden saw three cases of microcephaly in a single day. “It’s not normal,” she says. “Sometimes we go three or four months and don’t see a baby with microcephaly, so it was very strange.”
In the weeks that followed, she continued to see more cases, and Dr. Van der Linden started warning her colleagues that something strange was happening. Her mother, Ana, a doctor who works at a separate medical center in Recife, called her daughter to tell her that she saw seven babies in one day with microcephaly—and some of the mothers had also reported a rash in early pregnancy.
What is Zika? And what are the risks as it spreads?
By*Ariana Eunjung Cha*and*Lena H. Sun*February 3 at 11:02 AM**Follow @arianaeunjung*Follow @bylenasun
The World Health Organization has*designated the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern, an action it has taken only three times before and which paves the way for the mobilization of more funding and manpower*to fight the mosquito-born pathogen spreading "explosively" through the Americas.
Monday, the*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added four more countries to the list of those pregnant women should try to avoid. They are*American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao* and Nicaragua. The full list can be found*here.
The virus is transmitted by the same mosquitoes that carry other tropical viruses such as dengue and yellow fever. Global health officials are alarmed because of its potential link to brain defects in infants as well as a rare syndrome that can lead to paralysis.
[World health officials declare Zika virus a global emergency]
Here's what you need to know about Zika:
What is a global public health emergency? The WHO convened a special*meeting on Monday to determine whether to declare a global public health emergency like the one for Ebola. What is this and what does this*trigger?
Technically known as a*Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) declaration, it is*defined as*"an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response." In the past it has been used only in the most dire of circumstances.
The last time the WHO took this action was in August 2014 with Ebola and it is typically done when there is a great need for a coordinated international response deemed essential to stopping the spread of a disease. The WHO had done this only twice previously — during the*2009 during the H1N1 influenza epidemic and in May 2014*regarding the reemergence of polio.
The declaration typically comes with a list of global recommendations to nations regarding*practical measures such as international travel, trade and border crossings, as well as areas of scientific inquiry to target. The formal declaration was essential to mobilizing resources for previous crises by persuading wealthier countries to send more health workers and supplies to the hardest-hit regions.
I just head about the patient in Dallas who may have contracted Zika through a sexual partner rather than a mosquito bite. How*worried should I be about this?
Dallas officials said on Feb. 2 that a person who had not traveled outside the United States appears to have been infected by a sexual partner. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*confirmed the person has contracted the virus, but has not*explicitly*said the transmission*was*through sex. However,*the CDC*updated its advisory*for pregnant women*to reflect this*concern. The CDC says that "until more is known," pregnant women should "avoid exposure to semen from someone who has been exposed to Zika virus."
In Britain, health officials said that if a female is at risk of getting pregnant or already pregnant her partner should use a condom if he has been traveling under the following conditions:*"for 28 days after his return from an active Zika transmission area if he had no symptoms of unexplained fever and rash" and "for 6 months following recovery if a clinical illness compatible with Zika virus infection or laboratory confirmed Zika virus infection was reported."
What is Zika?
A summary of the history of the virus from our*Health*section:
The virus was discovered in 1947 in a feverish rhesus monkey living in the Zika Forest of Uganda, but until 2007 scientists knew of only 14 human cases of the disease. That year it arrived on the travel-brochure-perfect Yap Island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Within a few months, nearly three-quarters of the island’s 11,000 or so residents older than 3 had been infected.
At first, those sick with Zika developed fever, joint pains and eye inflammation; then a red, bumplike rash erupted, sometimes followed by painful swelling of hands and feet. Some people vomited. Others were sensitive to light. But the symptoms usually resolved a couple of days later, and no one died.
In 2013, Zika popped up again, this time in Tahiti and other parts of French Polynesia. An estimated 28,000 people (about 11 percent of the population of those islands) felt sick enough with the virus to seek medical care. By 2014 it was showing up in several other South Pacific spots: New Caledonia, east of Australia; the Cook Islands; and, early this year, Easter Island, which marked the official arrival of the disease in the Americas, since that remote island is part of Chile.
Zika showed up in Brazil in May.
What's going on in Brazil?
The country is facing an unprecedented number of Zika virus cases —*more than 1 million —*as well as an unprecedented number of microcephaly cases that health officials believe are linked. In recent months, Brazil*has spent*more than $300 million to battle the mosquito, mobilizing hundreds of soldiers in the effort and going door-to-door to try to wipe out places where mosquitoes breed.
According to Washington Post correspondent*Dom Phillips, the*Brazilian Health Ministry has said*80 percent of those who catch Zika have shown*no symptoms. The rest may suffer fever, muscle pain and rashes for a few days, and most people who come down with it recovery quickly.
“We never paid too much attention to this virus,” said Paulo Zanotto, a microbiology professor at the University of Sao Paulo who is coordinating a network of 42 laboratories studying Zika. “I’m really worried because we have no idea of the amount of spread.”
The government estimates that there are between 400,000 and 1.4 million Zika cases in the country, but there has been some confusion about the number of*microcephaly cases. At one point, Brazil said there were 4,180 suspected cases. But*on Wednesday, the country said that it had looked into 700 of those and that 270 had been confirmed and 462 had been ruled out.
In 2014, Brazil reported only*150 cases, which is a very small number for its population.
What's the scientific basis for the suspected link*between Zika and microcephaly?
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is assisting Brazilian authorities in their investigation, have yet to definitively establish a connection between Zika and microcephaly. But the CDC has confirmed the presence of Zika in the bodies of two newborns with microcephaly who died and in the placentas of two women who miscarried children with microcephaly.
On Thursday, Claudio Maierovitch,*director of the department of surveillance of communicable diseases at Brazil’s Health Ministry, said the country is investigating 12 confirmed deaths of babies born with microcephaly for potential linkage with Zika virus infection. The country has more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly. *He said pregnant women who tested positive for Zika virus have had rash and fever during the*first and second trimesters.
What other complications related to Zika should I be worried about?
The CDC is working with Brazilian health officials to investigate a possible link to a growing number of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disease that occurs when your own*immune system damages nerve cells. Most people recover fully from it, but others*experience*long-term nerve damage or paralysis. In rare cases, people have died.
In Brazil, health officials have identified hundreds of cases of*Guillain-Barré, a significant increase from last year.
What do we know about the cases in the United States?
Health officials said Zika virus may be the reason for a baby born in Hawaii with microcephaly -- the first such case in the country. The mother is believed to have contracted the disease while living in Brazil last spring. The*Associated Press*reported that the state's epidemiologist, Sarah Park, said the mother no longer had the virus when she arrived in Hawaii and neither did the boy, so there is no chance a mosquito could have bitten them and spread it.
Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arkansas and other several other states have confirmed that*residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus has been found in mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus. Another 20 have been confirmed to have the virus in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, bringing the total number in the United States to 51.
[Why the U.S. is so vulnerable to the spread]
How is the virus transmitted?
The primary way this virus is spread happens when a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites someone else. It cannot be*transmitted from casual contact person-to-person. Before the report of the Dallas patient who contracted Zika through a sexual partner, there was only one other reported case of sexual transmission.
Ariana Eunjung Cha is a national reporter. She has previously served as the Post's bureau chief in Shanghai and San Francisco, and as a correspondent in Baghdad.
Lena H. Sun is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on health.
NY Times: Zika Virus, a Mosquito-Borne Infection, May Threaten*Brazil’s Newborns
By*DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.*
NY Times:*Alarm Spreads in*Brazil*Over a Virus and a Surge in Malformed Infants
NY Times:**Reports of Zika-Linked Birth Defect Rise in*BrazilBy*SIMON ROMERO
*NY Times: C.D.C. May Warn Pregnant Women Against Travel to Countries With Zika Virus (Brazil)
By*DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
*NY Times:*Researchers Weigh Risks of Zika Spreading at*Rio*Olympics
By*SIMON ROMERO*and*REBECCA R. RUIZ
Zika - Zika - Zika - Zika. It's a replay of Ebola Mania - this time, in Brazil, and just as the build-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics gets under way. Hmmmmm.
Since the days of the anti-Hitler propaganda surrounding the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games,*geo-politics has often been injected into the quadrennial spectacles that are the Summer Olympic Games, the Winter Olympic Games, and the World Cup of Football*(Soccer). With such a massive global audience glued to their TV's and radios, attempts to play politics are inevitable.
1936: Berlin Summer Olympics:*The hyped-up*myth*of Hitler "snubbing" Black American champion, Jesse Owens.
1968: Mexico City Summer Olympics:*American Black Sprinters Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos raise their fists in a Black Power salute as the National Anthem plays.
1972: Munich Summer*Olympics:*False flag attack said to have been carried out by Palestinian terrorists kills 11 Israeli athletes.
1936 - 1968 - 1972
1980:*Moscow Summer*Olympics:*U.S. leads a boycott to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan*(provoked by Brzezinski and the CIA).
1984:*Los Angeles Summer*Olympics:*The Soviet Union retaliates for the 1980 boycott by boycotting America's hosted games.
2006: Football World Cup / Germany:*Before each game, European footballers are made to hold banners reading "Say No to Racism"
1980 - 1984 - 2006
2008:*Beijing Summer*Olympics:*With George W. Bush in attendance, the U.S. puppet state of Georgia attacks Russian territories just as the Opening Ceremonies begin. Putin is forced to return home and order a counter-offensive.*
2014: Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics:*American sportscaster Bob Costas delivers a prime time rant against Russia's "human rights" record; the German national team attends ceremony wearing rainbow themed outfits, and the Ukrainian President is overthrown by a CIA-engineered coup just as the game are wrapping up.
2014: Football World Cup / Brazil:*Pre-tournament "accidents" and "spontaneous" protests already frame the event in a negative light. The host nation of football-crazy Brazil is humiliated by a unprecedented score of 7-1 in the final match against Germany -- a debacle that was clearly rigged in advance (here)* *
2018:*Football World Cup / Russia: Pressure builds on FIFA to remove the 2018 games from host Russia / a "scandal" takes down FIFA President.
2008 - 2014 - 2014 - 2018
The next big event will be the 2016 Summer Olympics, set to take place in August, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- the "B" in Putin's BRICS and, as such, a frequent whipping boy of Sulzberger's Slimes. Host nations invest a lot of money and pride in these showcase events - which is why Sulzberger's Slimes started sniping at the Rio Olympics as early as two years ago. Why has Brazil become a problem for "the usual suspects", you ask?
THE 'SINS' OF BRAZIL
By combining with the since-departed*(poisoned?)*Hugo Chavezof Venezuela, and also with Argentinian President*Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, to*kill*the Globalists' dream of establishing the*FTAA*(Free Trade Area of the Americas);Brazilian President*Lula DaSilva*and his hand-picked successor,Dilma Rousseff, defied the New World Order in a big way.
Big Brazil (along with Venezuela and Argentina) killed the FTAA - a cherished Globalist project that was intended to grow into the Western Hemisphere's version of the European Union.
Adding insult to injury, the South American giant then joinedVladimir Putin's trade bloc, BRIC*(now BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).*And to top it all off, Brazil's condemnation of Israel's treatment of Palestinians and*its steadfast refusal*to impose trade sanctions on Iran, with which Brazil does a lot of business, really 'pisses off' the Zionist wing of the Globalist PRC*(Predatory Ruling Class).