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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Is the Classical Swine Fever epidemic in Colombia the real cause of deformities blamed on Zika virus?

http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/39133/classical-swine-fever-outbreaks-hit-colombia/


Zika: Colombia cases in pregnant women double in a week

 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35450644

 Zika Virus and Classical Swine Fever virus are from the same family. Is there a link between the pig and human epidemics in Colombia?

"Mechanical transmission by vehicles and equipment, as well as by personnel (notably veterinarians) travelling between pig farms, are also significant means of spread of CSF [Classical Swine Fever Virus, a flavivirus like Zika] within infected areas. The persistence of CSFV within herds for long periods has been observed. Infections of sows during pregnancy with low to moderately virulent strains of CSFV may lead to in utero infections of fetuses. These infections lead to litters born persistently infected with CSFV that are carriers of the virus and source for new infections. Persistently infected carrier pigs usually do not show clinical signs but constantly shed CSFV into the environment. Therefore, it is particularly important to consider CSFV infections while investigating herds presenting with unexplained reproductive failures that include clinical manifestations in piglets such as congenital tremor or congenital abnormalities."
 http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/generalized_conditions/classical_swine_fever/overview_of_classical_swine_fever.html

Is Brazil covering up the connection between pigs, Classical Swine Fever, and the supposed "Zika" epidemic?


Classical Swine Fever in Brazil: An Update - David Publishing

www.davidpublishing.com/davidpublishing/.../2012091700000690.pdf
by TRP Freitas - ‎Cited by 1 - ‎Related articles
Aug 20, 2012 - Key words: Classical swine fever, CSF-outbreaks, Brazil. 1. Introduction ... economic losses to the swine industries and pig farmers for beyond ...

 Are pigs in Recife, Brazil the real source of the Zika-related problem in Brazil?

World Cup Brazil 2014: Part 1 – Sao Paulo-Recife-Natal for USA vs. Ghana and Japan vs. Greece


Luckily I negotiated a price beforehand instead of going by the meter, as there was massive traffic. Recife, Brazil’s 5th largest city, with a population of about 5m in the metro area, has an amazing coast line, but the interior of the city is very poor.
I immediately could see why Brazilians had been protesting the world cup. There’s no highway that goes across the city. The roads are pocked with pot holes that are big enough to eat your car. There’s a decent homeless population living in the streets. And you can tell people are struggling to get by.
Because traffic was so bad, the taxi driver asked me if we could take an alternate route. I agreed and we went through neighborhoods instead of the main road. I saw feral pigs eating trash, kids wearing shorts and nothing else, dilapidated houses and people with just their basic needs being met."

 http://www.nathanlustig.com/2014/07/11/world-cup-brazil-2014-part-1-sao-paulo-recife-natal-for-usa-vs-ghana-and-japan-vs-greece/

 If the World Health Organization says that the reservoir of Zika Virus is "unknown," shouldn't scientists be checking the pigs in Brazil for antibodies to it?

  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Genre: Flavivirus
  • Vector: Aedes mosquitoes (which usually bite during the morning and late afternoon/evening hours)
  • Reservoir: Unknown

What is the relationship between Classical Swine Fever Virus and Zika Virus in Brazil? Both cviruses are from the Flaviviridae family.

"ABSTRACT Classical swine fever (CSF) is a highly contagious viral disease of Suidae animals, caused by a Pestivirus from Flaviviridae family, considered one major cause of economic losses to the swine producers. The CSF eradication and control program (CSFECP) established from 1992 evolved to 2001, divide the country in CSF Free Zone, without CSF vaccination and CSF infected area. The purpose of this work was to analyze the CSFECP efficacy in all Brazilian territory from 2000 to 2011 including CSF outbreaks in infected area of North and Northeast regions. CSF epidemiological data were obtained mainly from Federal Agriculture Defense Secretary and States Official Inspection Agencies. The CSF outbreaks occurred in CSF infected area were plotted and the tendency line analyzed by quadratic trend model (Minitab). The results of Brazilian statutory for CSF point to a gradual CSF-eradication in all country since the number of Federal States including at CSF Free Zone, is increasing and reached 15 of 27 Brazilian States, in period from 2001 to 2009. In seven States of infected area, 49 CSF outbreaks occurred. The stamping out was the main sanitary measure but in two Federal States Amapá and Rio Grande do Norte the emergency vaccination was also applied. In conclusion, the eradication of CSF of all Brazilian territory is in progress but depend on the continuity of official swine diseases surveillance jointed with a rigorous control of animal movement, serological and viral activities investigations until no more outbreaks could be cited in all country."

Zika Virus: "It's possible that there may be some other co-factors involved."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/strong-signs-zika-virus-is-linked-to-birth-defects-says-cdc_us_5697bc20e4b0ce4964235f93

Are sick pigs the source of the Zika Virus problem in Pernambuco, Brazil?

Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in slaughtered pigs in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil.

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22263703

 

 Number of pigs in Pernambuco Brazil as of 2007: 495957

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernambuco

 

Pernambuco, Brazil was the last place to have an African Swine Fever outbreak in 1981.

Did they really ever get rid of it?

 https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjkla6CsNLKAhWBcz4KHSy0B0wQFgggMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sciquest.org.nz%2Felibrary%2Fdownload%2F61326%2FImpact_of_African_swine_fever_in_Brazil_%253A_a_retros.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGvt-REsBSBt6s7fDF-2ChBnF0OOg&sig2=clZBX_A3XmVpA7bujxWv9g&bvm=bv.113034660,d.cWw&cad=rja

"Female mosquitoes — which are the only ones that bite, by the way — need to take a blood meal in order to reproduce. They can bite any vertebrate — birds, pigs, even reptiles, and, of course, humans. And since they are so mobile, they easily spread disease from one host to another. They act as syringes for transmitting viruses. What is happening now with the Zika virus, is what is happening among many other arboviruses, like dengue, West Nile and chikungunya: They all seem to be spreading westwards. And we’re undergoing a pandemic."

 http://newsblog.drexel.edu/2016/01/22/qa-is-zika-virus-a-threat-to-the-united-states/

 

 

 

Are pigs a source of Zika Virus in Recife, Brazil?

 "I just want to understand, how come no one is punished?" said the diminutive, 68-year-old widow, who cares for six grandchildren and three unemployed daughters and collects cans and bottles, along with garbage to feed her pigs in Recife's squalid Coque shantytown.

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trw-recife27apr27-story.html


"Female mosquitoes — which are the only ones that bite, by the way — need to take a blood meal in order to reproduce. They can bite any vertebrate — birds, pigs, even reptiles, and, of course, humans. And since they are so mobile, they easily spread disease from one host to another. They act as syringes for transmitting viruses. What is happening now with the Zika virus, is what is happening among many other arboviruses, like dengue, West Nile and chikungunya: They all seem to be spreading westwards. And we’re undergoing a pandemic."

 http://newsblog.drexel.edu/2016/01/22/qa-is-zika-virus-a-threat-to-the-united-states/

Maybe people aren't taking Truvada because the whole thing smells a little bit too much like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-miracle-aids-drug-that-people-refust-to-take/2016/01/29/ba2b9460-b88a-11e5-b682-4bb4dd403c7d_story.html

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Files FDA Complaint Against Gilead for Truvada PrEP Ads Promoting Off-label Use 

"On Thursday, AHF sent a letter to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alerting him to the fact that Gilead financed a video ad campaign promoting situational use of its AIDS treatment, Truvada, for PrEP, misleading viewers into believing that Truvada is safe and effective for use on a situational basis, despite knowing that the drug is not FDA approved for such off-label use."

 http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160119006859/en/AHF-Files-FDA-Complaint-Gilead-Truvada-PrEP

WTF?

Science and Society at the Crossroads: Skepticism vs. Denial and Elitism vs. Public Engagement
Report on an international meeting at Chicheley Hall, 15-16 June 2015
Principal organizer and curator: Prof Stephan Lewandowsky (University
of Bristol)

https://figshare.com/articles/RS_scienceandsociety_September_2015_pdf/2061696

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Actually, all the government needs to do is admit CFS is part of the AIDS epidemic and the tide would be turned.

How Cort Johnson thinks the CFS epidemic will end.

http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2016/01/29/end-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-fibromyalgia/

The bottom line:

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