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Zika: US health officials say virus ‘scarier than we thought’ – CDC Information here

mosquito on human skin in a laboratory

Mosquito on human skin in a laboratory

CDC and World Health Organisation are both more worried at this virus than the Ebola virus although this is not a killer unless the body is weak. This disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. As always tweets below from around the World. Knowledge on this may stop people suffering. Below is CDC information on this virus, how to spot it, how to stop etc.

CDC Infomation

About Zika Virus Disease
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Transmission and Risks


CDC/WHO/U.S.A – health officials: Zika ‘scarier than we thought’
[VIDEO] Via Ace Williams on You Tube


Via: http://www.theguardian.com/


Top health officials have expressed concern about the threat posed to the US by the Zika virus, saying the mosquito that spreads it is now present in about 30 states and hundreds of thousands of infections could appear in Puerto Rico. At a White House briefing on Monday, they stepped up pressure on the Republican-led Congress to pass about $1.9bn (£1.3bn) in emergency funding for Zika preparedness that the Obama administration requested in February.

Anne Schuchat of the CDC and Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Anne Schuchat of the CDC and Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Schuchat said Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species that primarily transmits the virus, is present in about 30 states, rather than 12 as previously thought. In the US territory Puerto Rico, there may be hundreds of thousands of Zika infections and perhaps hundreds of affected babies, she added. Fauci said the first Zika vaccine candidate appeared to be on target to enter initial clinical trials in September.

Schuchat declined to forecast the number of Zika infections that could occur in the US. While she said she did not expect large outbreaks, “we can’t assume we’re not going to have a big problem”. Schuchat said Zika is likely to be a problem during much of a woman’s pregnancy, not just during the first trimester as previously believed.

Where this virus is

Where this virus is

As Brazil prepares to host the Olympic games in August, the CDC has recommended that pregnant women avoid travelling to the country.

“We also want people to know that travel to the area may lead to ‘silent’ infections or infections with symptoms, and that following infections, it’s very important to take precautions during sex not to spread the virus,” Schuchat said.

The World Health Organisation has said there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika can cause microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with small heads that can result in developmental problems, as well as Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, though proof may take months or years.

Brazil said last week it has confirmed more than 1,046 cases of microcephaly, and considers most to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

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USA Today: ‘Scarier than we initially thought’: CDC sounds warning on Zika virus

Reuters U.S. officials warn Zika ‘scarier’ than initially thought

TIME: Zika ‘Scarier Than We Initially Thought,’ U.S. Officials Say

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Earth, Our Species Survival! Depends On Tiny Sea Creatures – WE ARE LOSING!

This process is stalling, if it stops, we die

This process is stalling, if it stops, we die

I won’t pretend to be an expert in the field here but I have researched this story enough now to understand how it works and how it failing will kill everything and every human. The process plankton do or make happen is crucial. Fish, whales, dolphins, crabs, seabirds, and just about everything else that makes a living in or off of the oceans owe their existence to phytoplankton, one-celled plants that live at the ocean surface. Phytoplankton are at the base of what scientists refer to as oceanic biological productivity, the ability of a water body to support life such as plants, fish, and wildlife. These little guys produce oxygen, if they stop we stop, loss of forest’s globally is the other oxygen loser. We are killing ourselves slowly, again the small detail becomes the most dangerous to us all, we are slowly suffocating our species and ourselves to death

For a while scientists had suspected something was not right in how researchers understand the oceans. The object of their suspicion was something called the Redfield ratio, a principle stating that, when nutrients are not limiting, ocean microorganisms always have the same ratio of three elements: carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. This matters now because the Redfield ratio is used to help modelers and biogeochemists understand how important elements like nitrogen and carbon cycle in the oceans. If the Redfield ratio does not hold true, climate researchers might have to adjust how that process is represented in their climate models.

An associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and a few of his colleagues set out to sample the ocean and test the ratios. What they learned, detailed in a paper published, was that the ratios of carbon to nitrogen to phosphorus varied in different parts of the ocean. They also discovered the patterns of variation corresponded to different latitudes.

“How much carbon is attached to each molecule of nitrogen or phosphorus just used to be [considered] a constant,” said Francois Primeau, a co-author on the paper and an associate professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine. But that’s not the case. For example, in warm zones near the equator that are low on nutrients, the ratio of carbon to nitrogen to phosphorus measured was 195:28:1; in cold, high-latitude regions with plenty of nutrients, the ratio changed to 78:13:1. Redfield’s ratio is 106:16:1 oceanwide.

Via David Vose on You Tube


Via: http://news.sky.com/ ~~


Climate change is likely to have a massive impact on marine micro-organisms that produce half the planet’s oxygen, new research suggests.

Analysis of 35,000 seawater samples from around the world suggests rising ocean temperatures are likely to have significant effects on plankton. The microscopic organisms are the bottom of the marine food chain. But they also remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as rainforests.

Scientists who mounted a four-year global expedition to study the “health” of the world’s oceans are due to reveal the first detailed overview of the global planktonic ecosystem. They warned that the United Nations climate change conference in November must react to their findings on global warming.

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