Honey, I’m having a bad virus dream

A possibly fictional epidemic of microcephaly emerges in Brazil, and world health officials and so-called “experts” within weeks come to the conclusion that it’s all due to a relatively harmless virus (Zika) with no historical association to microcephaly. The virus is supposedly spread by mosquitoes and is speculated to be transmitted through sexual contact.

The officials and the “experts’ convene an international meeting and declare a global health emergency to combat the spread of the virus, which, mind you, has not been proven to cause much of anything very harmful. In most cases, according to the CDC, “fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes).” The media jumps on the story. An international race begins to see who can come up with a vaccine for Zika, which has not been proven to be the culprit.

Oh, but that’s just a minor detail. Let’s not ruin all the fun and excitement we’re having with the fascinating storyline. What are you, some kind of party pooper?

Toxic pesticide fumigation teams are dispatched throughout cities, towns, villages and countrysides to spray against the mosquitoes believed to be spreading the virus, which is believed to be causing the microcephaly epidemic, which is now questionable in-and-of-itself, given recent revelations from Brazil that more than half of the microcephaly cases have been misdiagnosed, and turns out, hey… they weren’t microcephaly after all!

Oh, and guess what? Turns out the United States has about 25,000 cases of microcephaly per year… and no Zika. Think about it.

But I digress.

Little or no consideration is given to the effect of the highly toxic pesticides being used in huge quantities around people, pregnant women, children. No thought about all the cases of paralysis, other kinds of neurological damage, perhaps cancers, and multitude of skin disorders that we’ll likely see as a result, and which few doctors and logically no public health officials will ever trace back to the fumigations.

Governments begin advising women to avoid getting pregnant and risk their babies being born with microcephaly. Now, the non-profit organization Now Women on Waves (http://www.womenonwaves.org) which “uses ships to offer safe abortion services outside the territorial waters of countries where the procedure is restricted or forbidden, has announced that they will begin serving areas affected by Zika.”

Might this all be just a bad dream?
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