ZIKA PROPAGANDA – Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections

Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections

By Julie Steenhuysen
April 6, 2016

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus.

Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in people exposed to Zika.

Evidence that Zika’s damage may be more varied and widespread than initially believed adds pressure on affected countries to control mosquitoes and prepare to provide intensive – and, in some cases, lifelong – care to more patients. The newly suspected disorders can cause paralysis and permanent disability – a clinical outlook that adds urgency to vaccine development efforts.

Scientists are of two minds about why these new maladies have come into view. The first is that, as the virus is spreading through such large populations, it is revealing aspects of Zika that went unnoticed in earlier outbreaks in remote and sparsely populated areas. The second is that the newly detected disorders are more evidence that the virus has evolved.

“What we’re seeing are the consequences of this virus turning from the African strain to a pandemic strain,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Zika outbreak was first detected in Brazil last year and is spreading through the Americas. It has been linked to thousands of suspected cases of microcephaly, a typically rare birth defect marked by unusually small head size, signaling a problem with brain development. Evidence linking Zika to microcephaly prompted the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency in February.

The suspicion that Zika acts directly on nerve cells began with autopsies on aborted and stillborn fetuses showing the virus replicating in brain tissues. In addition to microcephaly, researchers reported finding other abnormalities linked with Zika including fetal deaths, placental insufficiency, fetal growth retardation and injury to the central nervous system.

Doctors also are worried that Zika exposure in utero may have hidden effects, such as behavioral problems or learning disabilities, that are not apparent at birth.

“If you have a virus that is toxic enough to produce microcephaly in someone, you could be sure that it will produce a whole series of conditions that we haven’t even begun to understand,” said Dr. Alberto de la Vega, an obstetrician at San Juan’s University Hospital in Puerto Rico.

First discovered in the Zika forest of Uganda in 1947, the virus circulated quietly in Africa and Asia, causing rare infections and producing mild symptoms. A 2013 outbreak in French Polynesia, the largest at that time, led researchers to make the Guillain-Barre link. Other neurological effects were noted but scientists made little of them at the time.

A rare and poorly understood condition, Guillain-Barre can weaken muscles and cause temporary paralysis, often requiring patients to need respirators to breathe.

An estimated 32,000 people in the French Polynesia Zika outbreak were infected, and 42 patients were confirmed to have Guillain-Barre, a 20-fold increase in incidence over the previous four years, the WHO reported. Another 32 patients had other neurological disorders, including encephalitis, meningoencephalitis, myelitis and facial paralysis.

Guillain-Barre is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body attacks itself in the aftermath of an infection. But the newly discovered brain and spinal cord infections are known to be caused by a different mechanism – a direct attack on nerve cells. That has prompted scientists to consider whether the Zika virus also may infect nerves directly in adults, as they already have suspected in fetuses.

In medical journals published last month, doctors described neurological syndromes in two patients that they attributed to Zika. Doctors in Paris diagnosed meningoencephalitis, an infection of both the brain and spinal cord, in an 81-year-old man who was hospitalized after being exposed to Zika on a cruise.

Another French team reported acute myelitis, a paralyzing infection of the spinal cord, in a 15-year-old girl who had been infected with Zika on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

One comment

  • theunhivedmind

    April 6 2016
    Jim Stone

    They have come full circle with the Zika lie

    Tell a lie and embellish it as time goes on! To cover for the vaccine damaged babies, which had no evidence of Zika infection at all, the WHO has now come full circle, aknowledged that indeed the babies brains were attacked by “something” and then blamed ALL OF IT on Zika, even though fewer than ten cases of microcephaly out of 4,000 initially reported had any exposure to Zika at all.
    The claim is that they can see the virus replicating in brain tissue. But remember, the NDAA was passed to allow the press to lie to the American people all it wants without being punished at all. And if they could bury a smashing Trump victory, they can certainly bury vaccine damage as they always have, and subsequently demand everyone get a vaccine that carries the brain damaging virus by itself. Injection is the end, not a mosquito bite, in that scenario.

    Perhaps there really is a virus eating the babies brains after a shot delivered it. But it cannot possibly be Zika no matter how skillfully they lie in THIS YAHOO REPORT, REMEMBER: Not even one percent of the microcephaly cases have actually been exposed to Zika, though because they are in full blown lie mode now, this Yahoo article never tells that truth. I guess if they could get away with election theft as brazen as what has happened this time around without getting shot, they might as well take the gloves off and give the truth a real bashing because no one will touch them for doing so anyway.

    Take a look at this quote from the report, which will allow all vaccine damage to be swept under the rug in the name of Zika:

    “Doctors also are worried that Zika exposure in utero may have hidden effects, such as behavioral problems or learning disabilities, that are not apparent at birth.”

    YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT – THEY NOW HAVE THEIR SCAPEGOAT TO ALLOW THEM TO BUTCHER AT WILL, just wait for the new batch of vaccines for children, the GLOVES ARE OFF and they will be bashing children into permanent oblivion left and right. This is precisely why they are claiming autism rates will hit 50 percent by 2035, because they have their road map. Society cannot survive a 50 percent autism rate, this is cold hard proof that they do not want a New World Order, and instead, they want the near total death of mankind. That death will come via the needle.

    Now we know where they are going to take Zika. And you have now been warned to avoid ALL VACCINES. Zika will be the excuse they use to give Western civilization the final smash via weaponized vaccines, and apparently they want the same fate for the rest of the world also.

    I cannot even begin to state how dangerous the linked Yahoo report is, if they actually get away with publishing that crap even well meaning doctors will be willful servants in the final destruction of mankind, and absolutely no argument will ever stop them.

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