Hawaii declares state of emergency over Zika virus, dengue fever outbreak – Zika spreads in South America

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February 2016HAWAIIHawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus. The state has been in the midst of a dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii’s Big Island, where there were more than 250 confirmed cases. There have been no locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus in Hawaii, Ige said in a news conference Friday. But there’s concern that the islands could be at risk because mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever also can carry the Zika virus. “We are doing everything we can to be prepared, to be proactive, to prevent vector borne diseases here in Hawaii,” Ige said. The emergency proclamation could help the state acquire more money to control outbreaks.
Hawaii is rushing to build up its mosquito control staff after a December report from the Centers for Disease Control highlighted deficiencies in the state’s vector control department. The state slashed its mosquito control and entomology staff during the economic downturn, from 56 employees in 2009 to 25 positions in 2016. Health officials are now searching for funding to rebuild the staff, and the Department of Health plans to hire 10 new staffers with money the governor released, said Virginia Pressler, director of department, on Friday.
“We are actively hiring new staff, an entomologist that will be dedicated to Hawaii Island that will be starting next week as well as additional communications and vector control staff,” Pressler said. Officials stressed that Hawaii is still a safe place to visit. No travel advisories have been issued about Hawaii, and tourism is off to a strong start in 2016, said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “There’s no reason to be alarmed or to alter your traveling plans,” Szigeti said. There are active Zika outbreaks on Pacific Islands including American Samoa. Flights between American Samoa and Hawaii run several times per week.
The proclamation also will give the state more power to take preventive measures, including the ability to spray pesticides regardless of a homeowner’s wishes. “There are some who are holding out and not allowing us to be on their property,” Pressler said. “One of the things that this emergency declaration from the governor will allow us to do is that we can in fact enforce that we will come and take care of mosquitoes on a property that someone is refusing, because it is a public health emergency.” –Fox News

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Virus continues to spread through Latin America: An epidemiology bulletin from Colombia’s national health institute said there were 31,555 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the country, including 5,013 pregnant women. The virus is believed to be linked to a neurological birth defect known as microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and suffer incomplete brain development. At the end of January, the Colombian health minister, Alejandro Gaviria, reported roughly 20,000 Zika infections, placing the country second only to Brazil in the severity of its outbreak. No figure for pregnant women was given at the time.
The World Health Organisation has said the virus is also suspected of being linked to the rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system, causes gradual weakness in the legs, arms and upper body and sometimes leads to complete paralysis. The WHO said in a weekly report published on Saturday: “In the context of the Zika virus outbreak, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela have reported an increase of GBS.” It added: “The cause of the increase in GBS incidence observed in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Suriname remains unknown, especially as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus have all been circulating simultaneously in the Americas.”
Investigations continued to determine the cause, the WHO said, noting that there was no laboratory confirmation of Zika virus in patients with GBS in Colombia and El Salvador. WHO officials said it was now critical to stop the spread of Zika. “There are concerns that the Zika virus may spread globally to environments where mosquitoes can live and breed,” the organization said. The outbreak has already been declared a public health emergency of international concern, with US and UK health authorities warning pregnant women to avoid travelling to affected areas. All aircraft returning to the UK from affected countries are being sprayed with insecticide.
Around 220,000 soldiers were deployed across Brazil on Saturday in a massive campaign to raise awareness of the virus and offer advice on how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads it. –The Guardian
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26 Responses to Hawaii declares state of emergency over Zika virus, dengue fever outbreak – Zika spreads in South America

  1. dar says:

    People are afraid enough, sensationalizing on nothing isn’t news. Preparing for a potential threat should have been the message, not more fear.
    Just my opinion.

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  2. Dennis E. says:

    What these pests need is a good dose of DDT.

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  3. HUGE win/ win for Monsanto etc!!!! There is a growing consensus among scientists that the microcephaly is actually caused by the pesticide! So it looks as though they have created the problem and now have the ability to FORCE people to use more of their product through deception by stupid government people and the state run main stream news medias. Look at this article closely..Even if you are worried that the poison they spray on your property will be injurious to your health and the natural environment [ mosquitoes are a big food source for many types of birds/ fish/ and amphibians. YOU lose! For the huge lie that it is for the good of society. We are DOOMED!!!

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    • servaline says:

      I think you’re right-on, Joseph Sonny Skies. This is Big Pharma propaganda.

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      • I too find it interesting that THEY say that most people don’t even get any symptoms worse than a mild cold. Now, honestly, how many people are there that would even go to a doctor or hospital because they have the symptoms of a mild common cold? If that number is so low how is this Zika virus being found out if it never gives a strong enough set of symptoms to warrant needing a test for pathology? Something really strange going on!

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  4. Judyc says:

    I believe this is caused through man himself, playing with nature e.g. Genetically modifying insects with disease capabilities in countries that eradication / genocide / experimentation is desired. WOULD MANKIND PLEASE STOP INTERFERING IN GODS WORK. Why are scientist even going there with viral war fare and DONT say they aren’t, because they ARE!

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  5. niebo says:

    “Investigations continued to determine the cause, the WHO said, noting that THERE WAS NO LABORATORY CONFIRMATION of Zika virus in patients with GBS in Colombia and El Salvador.”

    Meanwhile, in another town, in another country elsewhere on the continent, another group of scientists with another agenda establishes another link to another cause:

    “Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added PYRIPROXYFEN* to drinking water is not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on Zika virus for this damage. . . .”

    They also cite, as cause for doubt in regards to the official narrative, reality:

    “Previous Zika epidemics did not cause birth defects in newborns, despite infecting 75% of the population in those countries. Also, in other countries such as Colombia there are no records of microcephaly; however, there are plenty of Zika cases.”

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/doctors-groups-deny-microcephaly-zika-connection-blame-monsanto-linked-pesticide-birth-defects/#B27CPYqF61VDAPJd.99

    *PYRIPROXYFEN “is a juvenile hormone analog, preventing [arthropod] larvae from developing into adulthood and thus rendering them unable to reproduce.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyriproxyfen

    For information about whether or not you may be using this chemical on your pets:

    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC35792

    A chemical that is also highly toxic to certain species of fish and certain species of misquito (notice also that it accumulates in rice):

    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/List_AquireAll.jsp?Rec_Id=PC35792

    So, yeah, anyway, public health pandem-whatever . . . as far as the microcephaly is concerned, there might be an OTHER reason besides Zika.

    For more (in Spanish):

    http://www.diariodepernambuco.com.br/app/noticia/brasil/2016/02/12/interna_brasil,626798/pyriproxyfen-e-apontado-por-cientistas-argentinos-como-causa-da-microc.shtml

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  6. brentpieczynski says:

    This is a good reason for people to move to the Central Part of Alaska, to enjoy the weather found here in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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  7. Wiseguy says:

    Alvin !!!! So glad to see you’re back, I missed your comments so much, keep the good work as usual😉
    We are getting much closer to earth’s collapse, happy to have you on our side.

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  8. Yellow Bird says:

    Niebo and JSS- you took the words straight out of my mouth! nothing about this fiasco is as it is being made to appear….

    Venezuela also has high rates of Zika, yet microcephaly there remains rare.
    *Coincidentally* – Venezuela does NOT add Monsanto’s “larvacidal agent” to their water supplies.

    Microcephaly rates are not uniform across Brasil. They are again *coincidentally* clustered in states which have been adding this pesticide to the water for approximately the last 2 years.

    a radio broadcaster named Thom Hartmann just did a very interesting talk on this subject

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  9. Yellow Bird says:

    ps “All aircraft returning to the UK from affected countries are being sprayed with insecticide.”…
    and by Christmas higher rates also appear in UK?

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  10. kajajuk says:

    No need to worry, the billionaire club has our backs. Luckily zika was patented in 1947 by the R0ckf3ll3rfoundation and the Gat3s Foundation has been designing GMO mosquitoes for experiments in Brazil, Columbia, and California, all for the betterment of all….ahhhh gives me a warm fuzzy…The mosquitoes are designed to be harmless and so are the pesticides. Wow, decades of ruthless hoarding of capital to just give it away to help everyone on the planet; methinks sainthood should be addressed by the Vat1can.
    Let’s all sing “We are the World” together and hold hands…

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  11. tonic says:

    Zika and Ebola are just telling us that we cannot ever relax. Humans may well be top of the predatory tree, but we still live within the constraints of bacterial and viral boundaries. This is an unending war, because mutation and adaptation is only something they can do. All we can do is try to adapt and rely on WHO.
    This is one of the main reasons against us going to another planet, or Moon, including our own. We are carries of all sorts of harmful bacterial and dna imperfections.
    This might also prompt the question, what is out in space that may be capable of overpassing the immunity we now have developed to most of the nasties we deal with on Earth.?
    Do we really want to visit Europa?

    http://uk.businessinsider.com/nasa-annouces-plans-to-visit-europa-2015-2?r=US&IR=T

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  12. The Zika virus has been around a long time and it is absolutely nothing to worry about. The children are affected by malnutrition not the virus. The whole story is a lie. If you really wish to find out the truth I suggest you take a trip to John Rappoports site No More Fake News. It’s The Zika Freaka virus lol you may have slight flu symptoms but nothing more. Here’s to your good health in the face of all the BS.

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  13. This is so unjust! Now every case of microcephaly is being pointed out. It’s so clear it makes me puke. I wonder how many of our places have pyriproxyfen added to the drinking water. Good thing I don’t drink the water. Predated microcephaly is how desperate they are. If we don’t watch out, Monsanto will rule the world with their hands on our seed banks and the BS in the TPP. Obama wants to fast track that too. I’m disgusted; gotta go…nice site.

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