Mosquitoes and Chikungunya and Zika. Oh My.

Mosquitoes and Chikungunya and Zika. Oh My.

In 1989 there was no West Nile Virus in the US. Somehow the virus made to the US from Africa in within a decade it had spread across the US.

In Gabon, they had the introduction of a new mosquito, Aedes albopictus, as well as Chikungunya virus and Dengue virus serotype 2. In three years both viruses spread across the county by the mosquito.

A. albopictus, aka the (Asian) tiger mosquito, is particularly good at spreading Yellow fever virus, dengue  and Chikungunya  and Zika virus.

Along with the more common Aedes aegypti, A. albopictus are all throughout the US.

Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus are at our borders. Chikungunya is all throughout the Caribbean, Zika is in Mexico and Puerto Rico, Dengue is in the Florida Keys and 39% of Brownsville Texas residents are seropositive for Dengue.

While many with dengue have a mild infection, almost everyone with Chikungunya is symptomatic and Zika is associated in pregnancy with microcephaly.

So we are primed for one or more mosquito borne outbreaks. We have the disease vectors and the viruses are nearby.  There is a vaccine for dengue, but those for Chikungunya and Zika are years away. There are some fascinating attempts at genetically modifying mosquitoes so they mate but are sterile to control the vector, but these are also in the early stages.

The only advantage we have over other countries is air conditioning, with helps minimize exposure to mosquitoes. I expect that when and if these diseases hit the US they will disproportionately affect the poor.

That is a brief outline of the problem. Others see things a bit differently. Dr. Rima has her truth reports, which has the usual 1984 understanding of 'truth'. Rule with no exception of which I am aware: A physician who goes by Dr. 'First Name' cannot be trusted.

Somehow I got on Dr. Rima's mail list, perhaps when I wrote about her suggestion that nano silver is effective for Ebola. She is a particularly virulent anti-vaccinationist. On her site she suggests that the Zika virus is not the cause of microcephaly but the

mosquito story is nothing more than a deceitful cover story to hide the fact that a new DTaP vaccine, which women in Latin America are urged to get before they are 22 weeks pregnant, is the real cause of this horrible deformity.

Dr. Rima, of course, suggests avoiding the vaccine so that they can instead die of diphtheria, tetanus, or whooping cough (pertussis) and taking useless nano silver.

It seems her message is not that well received. She had been trying to raise $100,000 dollars to stop mandated vaccination. She has make $8428 in 12 months. LOL.

Someone offered to match the $100,000. She noted after $6000 had been donated that

Six percent is a very nice start and, when we reach our goal, it will become 12%, as if by magic! Shazaam! $100K will become $200K.

Well, 12,000/200,000 is still 6%. Math, as well as the rest of science and medicine, is not her strong point.

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