Alwaght- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a "public health emergency of international concern" over the Zika virus amid rising concerns that the virus is a bio weapon aimed at reducing population of some countries.
In a Monday statement, the UN agency said the emergency is warranted because of how fast the mosquito-borne virus is spreading and its suspected link to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads -- a condition called microcephaly -- in Brazil and French Polynesia.
The agency said the emergency is warranted because of how fast the mosquito-borne virus is spreading and its suspected link to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads -- a condition called microcephaly -- in Brazil and French Polynesia.
Reports of a serious neurological condition, called Guillame-Barre Syndrome that can lead to paralysis have also risen in areas where the virus has been reported. Health officials have specifically seen clusters of this in El Salvador, Brazil and French Polynesia.
According to health officials, with the pace at which the virus is spreading, especially in the Americas, more cases of Zika-linked birth defects will soon surface in other countries.
Meanwhile, Brazil's top health official said on Monday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most cases show no symptoms, but improved testing should allow the country to get a better grip on the burgeoning public health crisis.
The Brazilian government suspects the virus was brought to Brazil during the 2014 soccer World Cup by a visitor from Africa or Oceania where Zika is endemic. An estimated 1.5 million Brazilians have caught Zika, a virus that was reportedly first detected in Africa in the 1947 and unknown in the Americas until it appeared in May in the poverty-stricken northeastern region of Brazil. The Pan-American health Organization said the virus has since spread to 24 countries and territories in the hemisphere.
The massive outbreak of the Zika Virus is causing a global panic, but some keen observers may have just found the source of the problem.
In 2012, British biotech company Oxitec released genetically modified mosquitoes (GMMs) with the aim of reducing the overall mosquito population that spreads diseases like dengue fever and the Zika Virus in northeast Brazil – ground zero of the current outbreak of Zika.
Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch, told the Guardian in 2012, “It’s a very experimental approach which has not yet been successful and may cause more harm than good.”
RT reports that the known survival rate of the GMMs was already at 5%, and the antibiotic can be found in nature, showing up in soil, surface water, and food, with some research stating that the GMM survival rate could potentially increase to 15 percent. So, there would be an extra 15% more disease-spreading mosquitoes than there were before the release of the GMMs.
Some analysts have described the Zika virus as a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) because it has prompted a no child policy in some of the affected countries.
While there are certainly many health risks apparent with this particular pathogen, media outlets and government agencies appear to be pushing one incredible talking point now – asking women ‘not to get pregnant until 2018.‘
Latin American governments, in conjunction with the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), are claiming that over the past four months, they have ‘received reports’ of nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly in newborns – and they are claiming these are all linked to the Zika Virus. This information has served as the chief catalyst for the current wave of fear.
If contracted, the Zika Virus is said to have an incubation period of only 5 to 10 days, and authorities are claiming that it’s within this window that mothers are at risk.
It is interesting to note that the The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America was reported just after the WHO declared the West African region as Ebola free after almost two of the epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in the region. Health officials are now saying the Zika virus could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic.
Observers note that this is a first in human history – central government advocating for a universal ban on procreation.
Russia’s former Surgeon General Gennady Onishchenko says that one of the possible causes for the spread of the deadly Zika virus outbreak could be the use of biological warfare.
Zika virus is increasingly appearing as a bio weapon being used by hegemonic powers to reduce the population of third world countries.