Zika Virus

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  1. mentaliss

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    well, we here the first case in Europe has reared its ugly head in Spain...... we doing our usual trip to the east coast in a few months time and you guessed it 'Im a Magnate for the mosi' bite so Im concerned ...anyone else?
     
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    Are you likely to be in the first 3 months of pregnancy or about to become pregnant?

    I'm guessing it's a bit like Rubella used to be. In the general population, usually more of a nuisance than serious UNLESS you are in early pregnancy.

    I do think the virus will mutate and spread from human to human (if it hasn't already done so). I also think there will be a vaccine available at some stage.
     
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    Plus the woman went to an effected area. It wasn't contracted in Spain.
     
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    It was spread by sexual contact in America on the news earlier in week

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    Do not worry overpopulaion was also spread by sexual contact and look what that has done to the human race.
     
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    The Zika virus causes a mild illness in people--- flu like feeling, bloodshot eyes, often a rash. It is not usually fatal, as one might expect with malaria.
    The problem occurs if contracted by a pregnant woman, probably in first 0-4 months. The foetal brain development is affected. In Europe this would be picked up on a scan. Abortion is illegal in most ( possibly all) South Ametican countries, scans probably rare in rural areas or where people cannot afford to pay.
    The dr in Brasil who first alerted the health authorities to this outbreak saw a baby with microcephaly on her rounds, then 3 with the same the following day ( you'd maybe expect 3 in a year I'd think) she called her mother, also a doctor at another hospital , who found 7 newborns in her hospital affected.
    In 20+ years of special needs teaching I only remember meeting 3 or 4 children with microcephaly in Britain, but the same number in one institution in Eastern Europe, the grimmest place I've ever been.
     
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    Maybe the Roman Catholic Church might one day change the view on the Abortion matter also that of birth control so that we do not overun everywhere with humans and before a VIRUS does the natural thing and reduce the numbers for us.
     
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    Ebola has bitten the dust to be replaced by........ Zika...... Get a grip.... Anyone notice the pattern here!? Fear fear fear... :)
     
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    So the question is, (before a vaccine is developed)

    If a woman of say 20 years old goes to South America next week and gets bitten by one of the bugs and gets the zika virus, then gets pregnant 5 years later (or longer) is she still at risk of having a damaged baby ?

    And if she has the virus in her, what are the chances of having a damaged baby ? 1 in 100, 1 in 10, 1 in 1 ?
     
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    Assuming you mean a baby damaged by Zika? We don't know...... but at a guess I would say that if she recovers there will be minimal risk as she will have developed antibodies. Scientists will probably develop vaccines from the antibodies of people who have recovered or who are naturally immune.

    Even things like chicken pox which stays in the nerve endings and can manifest later as shingles do not affect the children carried / born long after the first infection.
     
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    Which has replaced AIDS in the news.
     
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    The risk is to a foetus in the womb when the mother has the Zika virus. The virus is short lived so there's no evidence to suggest it could affect a future pregnancy ( unlike HIV which would remain present and could affect future pregnancies without medical treatment)

    All viruses act differently. Ehola is a haemorragic virus ( Zika isn't) HIV remains present and alters the immune system ( Zika doesn't) . One of the reasons it's difficult to develop vaccines against viruses is because they're so varied.
    Zika is mild--- it doesn't kill, it doesn't leave a person affected with lasting health problems--- but it appears to damage brain development in a foetus. I think many years ago Rubella might have sometimes caused microcephaly but I haven't met a Rubella-damaged person for about 25 years ( because of vaccination programmes)
     
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    Yup.... image.jpeg
     
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    Bloody conspiracy theories drive me up the wall. Please tell me you are just trolling with this and don't actually believe such nonesense.
     
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    Is it any less plausible than the story the media are pushing
     
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    I'll tell you what .. as someone who has had guillain barre .. it's a frightening horrible thing to get .. :(
     
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    It certainly is for the 15% for whom it's fatal!

    The MIL is recovering from it, been in hospital for 7 months now recovering in a nursing home.
     
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    Terrible condition. . Best wishes to her .
     
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