Mosquito Blowback? GM mosquito source of Zika Virus?

31 January 2016

Here are eight stories on the Zika virus now ravaging Brazil. Four investigate a possible link between the outbreak and the introduction of genetically modified mosquitos to Brazil, and four, all from the mainstream/corporate press, take the complete opposite position, claiming that the introduction of yet more genetically modified mozzies can save the situation!

Genetically modified mosquitoes could be cause of Zika outbreak, critics say | 30 Jan 2016 | The latest contagious virus freaking out the globe, particularly women worried about birth defects, may have been caused by the presence of genetically modified mosquitoes (GMMs) in Brazil. With international health experts convening in Geneva to discuss the outbreak of and possible cures for the Zika virus, questions are being raised as to whether the GMMs are to blame. In mid-2012, British biotech company Oxitec released the super bugs with the aim of reducing the overall mosquito population that spreads dengue fever, the Zika virus, and chikungunya in northeast Brazil.

Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released in 2015 | 28 Jan 2016 | The World Health Organization announced it will convene an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations on Monday, February 1, concerning the Zika virus’s ‘explosive’ spread throughout the Americas…Brazil is now considered the epicenter of the Zika outbreak, which coincides with at least 4,000 reports of babies born with microcephaly just since October. Oxitec first unveiled its large-scale, genetically-modified mosquito farm in Brazil in July 2012, with the goal of reducing “the incidence of dengue fever,” as The Disease Daily reported. Dengue fever is spread by the same Aedes mosquitoes which spread the Zika virus — and though they “cannot fly more than 400 meters,” WHO stated, “it may inadvertently be transported by humans from one place to another.”
 
Spread of Zika virus ‘explosive’, 4 million cases possible: WHO | 28 Jan 2016 | The [Tdap vaccine-induced?] Zika virus – linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil – is spreading “explosively” and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Director-General Margaret Chan told members of WHO’s executive board that the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions and that she was convening experts to assess it. “Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,” Chan said, promising that the WHO would act fast.
  
A pregnant woman is among three people in New York City infected with the Zika virus –31 cases have been confirmed in 11 US states and Washington DC | 28 Jan 2016 | A pregnant woman is one of three people in New York City who are infected with the Zika virus, it was revealed Thursday. There are 31 confirmed diagnoses of the mosquito-borne illness, believed to cause birth defects, in the United States. All of them are believed to have caught the infection, which is transferred by the Aedes mosquito, while traveling in the Caribbean or Latin America where there are outbreaks of the tropical illness.
 

The mainstream press however, tells an altogether different story and the irony of the first story is that it’s about the same company that introduced them to Brazil in the first place! Oxitec, based in Cambridge, UK and now US-owned, developed a mosquito with a special gene that stopped it from reproducing unless, and this is the kicker, the antibiotic tertracycline is present. Tetracycline is found naturally, in the soil for example, so there’s nothing to stop this GM flavoured mozzie from reproducing. Could it be the vector for this disease, previously found only in Africa with very few cases reported? Not according to the MSM. The genetically modified mosquito was introduced in an attempt to wipe it out!

Even absent this tetracycline, as Steinbrecher explained, a “sub-population” of genetically-modified Aedes mosquitoes could theoretically develop and thrive, in theory, “capable of surviving and flourishing despite any further” releases of ‘pure’ GM mosquitoes which still have that gene intact. She added, “the effectiveness of the system also depends on the [genetically-designed] late onset of the lethality. If the time of onset is altered due to environmental conditions … then a 3-4% [survival rate] represents a much bigger problem…”  – Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released in 2015

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