The Devastating Zika Virus Explained

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Zika virus is affecting hundreds of thousands of people across South America but what is this devastating virus?

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Anticipating the international spread of Zika virus from Brazil
“In May, 2015, locally acquired cases of Zika virus—an arbovirus found in Africa and Asia-Pacific and transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes—were confirmed in Brazil. The presence of Aedes mosquitoes across Latin America, coupled with suitable climatic conditions, have triggered a Zika virus epidemic in Brazil.”

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“Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.”

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Michaela Noel says:

(Idk if this is right)
Someone told me that the birth defects aren't necessarily connected to the Zika virus itself. In Brazil they have some thingy that genetically modified the mosquito
(Tell me if I'm wrong)

Dan says:

Why do i always find myself end up in this part of youtube. It freaks me out.

Circusfan100 says:

Its crazy because when you think about the mosquitos from these countries will eventually migrate up more north

kashif khan says:

zika virus its a white mans world so you can blame the zika virus on whites its all thier fault you can't blame muslims for zika virus cause everything that happins on earth has white people involement its all there fault i make it simple its there world so who to blame??

jpoops13 says:

4,000 cases of microcephaly in Brazil since October…. Doctors sampled over 700 of those cases and found that 250 or so had zika… In summation, zika is not the cause of or linked to microcephaly.

TestTubeBabySpy says:

This is natures way of saying SLOW DOWN WITH THE DAMN BABIES! 7 billion ppl folks, human race established slow it down now..

Martin Bartošek says:

Zika is now in EU in Slovakia

gusto says:

if the Japanese could do it with fleas in ww2 I'm sure someone could do it these days….

cool dawg says:

scientists are creating a zeka virus curw

Natedog gaming says:

my friend just went to  mexicohe is coming back soon Canadians we are SCREWED

TheKaneECO says:

What don't we take Brazil and PUSH IT somewhere else!!?!

Channeled Lyrics says:

It was like 17 cases of Microcephaly out of around 4,000 infected. Not much of a correlation. There's about 25,000 cases of Microcephaly in the U.S. per year. One cause of Microcephaly could be herbicides/pesticides. Seriously people, unsubscribe from DNews. They are just another corporate news propaganda source.


It's hard not to laugh at them.

Global Health with Greg Martin says:

Great video – important topic! Zika reminds us of the importance of public health readiness and the health systems that need to be in place to ensure that we protect vulnerable population groups!

John Guy says:

Wait one minute my Brazilian friends?
The evidence linking Zika to microcephaly is circumstantial. The real reason may be a case of mercury poisoning. Most of Brazil’s microcephaly cases are in the northeast. Brazilians love fish and gold mining.
Why haven’t they also shown up in proportional numbers in other countries hit hard by Zika, such as Colombia?
See: The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science website.
Knowledge about the extreme vulnerability of the fetus to methylmercury began with the Minamata Bay, Japan experience. High exposure to methylmercury occurred in Minamata. A chemical company released mercury into Minamata Bay and polluted the bay heavily for decades. Mercury accumulated in the aquatic food chain. The released mercury was methylated in the aquatic food chain leading to high levels of mercury in fish. The local fish was very high in methylmercury, and the local population consumed high amounts of the fish. Eating the fish, pregnant mothers did not only burden themselves, but methylmercury was transferred in utero to the fetus. This caused severe neurological complex symptoms and severe birth defects. While the mothers were usually without symptoms of mercury poisoning, their babies were born severely damaged with microcephaly, cerebral palsy, severe mental retardation,
For nonoccupationally exposed individuals, the main source of methylmercury exposure is through consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish.35 Mercury cannot be eliminated by cooking.
Neurodevelopmental effects in the fetus are associated with maternal exposure. Mercury can also cause neurocognitive deficits and neuromotor disabilities. As mentioned earlier, 3 extensive epidemiologic studies among fish-eating populations have assessed mother– child pairs for prenatal methylmercury exposure and the resulting impact on child development.
Although gold mining is extremely dangerous work for children, tens of thousands of children can be found in the small-scale gold mines of Africa, Asia, and South America. Children work both above and under ground. Mercury is mixed with the crushed ore or sediments to separate out the gold. Mercury is very often mishandled by small-scale miners. It can be absorbed through the skin or through inhalation of mercury vapor. Seeping into the soil or water supply, it can contaminate food and drinking water. Informal gold miners often do not wear protective clothing and most do not know about the proper handling of mercury. In some countries mercury amalgamation is done at home by women, which exposes other family members, including very young children, to mercury.

npina says:

why only brazil

Adam Oualit says:

but !! why in south of america ?! not in europ or asie or afriqua

AdrianPlusOne says:

Abortion needs to be legal, we cant let the child suffer later on in life.

Vignoli Bruno (retro-bruno) says:

Matthew 24:19

Leonard Garcia says:

lots of off spray..

Silvia Vasquez says:

I wonder what lab developed this type of mosquito breed

Emory Pilkington says:

I hate how people want a cure for cancer like ya we need one but wat about lopus it has no cure and MANY people have it I'm not sayin we need a cure for it before cancer in just sayin we need to raise awareness of lopus!

Microsoft Rover says:

As my teacher always says, don't have sex with mosquitoes

johnny moua says:

this makes me wish it was winter all day in Minnesota

TheDrewGamer // DrewTech says:

Motgerfucker were never safe commenting from nutella dominican republic

vencugar says:

Some government got butt hurt they didn't win the olympics and planted this.

vencugar says:

All these viruses seem to kick off at such convenient times. One wonders if they have been meticulously planned to ruin someone's economy.

Odd Game says:

The amount of stupid fucks in the comments is unbelievable. Shut the fuck up with your dumbass theories and get back to flipping burgers.

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