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posted by martyb on Tuesday March 29 2016, @02:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the no-laughing-matter dept.

The Zika virus has been known for quite some time, but it gained notoriety recently due to its possible linkage to birth defects.

Science News has a summary report on Zika virus:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/special-report-heres-what-we-know-about-zika

A report on the studies of its possible linkage to microcephaly, a birth defect of babies with undersized and underdeveloped brains:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-zika-became-prime-suspect-microcephaly-mystery

In short, studies are continuing, evidence is mounting, but still not quite a confirmation.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 29 2016, @03:09AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 29 2016, @03:09AM (#324200)

    One of the worst aspects of climate change is the loss or northern shift of four-season temperate zones away from current areas of dense human population, leaving behind climates hospitable to vast assortments of dangerous and novel critters ranging from microscopic to larger than man.

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday March 29 2016, @04:35AM

    by c0lo (156) on Tuesday March 29 2016, @04:35AM (#324221) Journal

    leaving behind climates hospitable to vast assortments of dangerous and novel critters ranging from microscopic to larger than man.

    Solution: occupy those niches before the critters do.
    After losing the War on Drugs and with the War on Terrorism not putting enough in the MilInd coffers, the War on Critters becomes a necessity.

    (grin)

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday March 29 2016, @04:48AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 29 2016, @04:48AM (#324230) Journal
    In the good old days before evil climate change, malaria was present all the way up to Chicago [the-scientist.com] in the eastern US and southern England [wikipedia.org] in Europe. It's not at all a stretch to expect, even in the hypothetical complete absence of climate change, for the Zika virus to assume a similarly broad range in the absence of human intervention.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 29 2016, @03:59PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 29 2016, @03:59PM (#324403)

      No question the critters are adaptive, but I'd rather we don't help them out by making an ideal habitat for their colonies. Florida has a much bigger problem with invasive species compared to the US northeast. That doesn't mean you can't find these pests living in the wild up north.

    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Tuesday March 29 2016, @07:02PM

      by HiThere (866) on Tuesday March 29 2016, @07:02PM (#324458) Journal

      Not clear, though possibly true. Zitka seems to require a particular species of mosquito, which I don't believe is currently present. A coulple of cases in Florida an Texas may mean that it's starting to arrive...or may represent some other source of infection. I believe shared bodily fluids could do it, possibly even a kiss. And most people are essentially asymptomatic.

      OTOH, I'm not an expert in any of the related areas. I'm relying on vague memories of general science news reporting, so any of this could be wrong in two or three different ways.

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by khallow on Thursday March 31 2016, @02:12PM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 31 2016, @02:12PM (#325263) Journal
        The two species of Adeles genus mosquitoes which are known to spread Zika virus go well into [wsj.com] the US:

        A study published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the potential range of Aedes aegypti, a tropical mosquito species that is the primary carrier of Zika, blanketing the southern U.S. and reaching as far north as San Francisco; Kansas City, Mo.; and New York City. The likely extent of another Zika-carrying mosquito species, Aedes albopictus, stretched across the Southwest and covered most of the eastern U.S., including northern New England, according to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

        Previously, the CDC’s maps showed the ranges of both species generally concentrated in the South, though Aedes albopictus ranged north to New York City and Illinois. The changes were based on new data collected by the CDC and its local partners that show where the mosquitoes have been found. Areas where the mosquitoes are endemic—Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Gulf states—remained the same.