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New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly

Brazil’s microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery — if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases. But in Colombia, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant women infected with Zika found zero microcephaly cases. If …

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jim robbins – How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease

In Borneo, an island shared by Indonesia and Malaysia, some of the world’s oldest tropical forests are being cut down and replaced with oil palm plantations at a breakneck pace. Wiping forests high in biodiversity off the land for monoculture plantations causes numerous environmental problems, from the destruction of wildlife habitat to the rapid release of stored carbon, which contributes …

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Jan Rocha – Global warming linked to spread of zika virus

Climate News Network, 5 February, 2016 – The Zika virus, transmitted by the same mosquito as dengue fever, has spread with alarming speed throughout South and Central America – and scientists in Brazil suspect that global warming is exacerbating the problem. Although the virus, named after the Ugandan forest where it was first identified, usually causes only mild symptoms and …

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Zika Virus Hysteria Got You Worked Up?

The other day a lady friend called to ask what I thought about the Zika virus.  She said she needed to hurry up and get pregnant and get through her first trimester before summer arrived in her southern state– bringing mosquitoes– so that her baby would not be born with microcephaly if she caught the Zika virus. This was a real phone …

Meet the New GMO Mosquito: Millions Carrying the “Kill Switch Gene” Already Released By Emerson Urry

Key West, Florida – Mosquitoes can be one helluva a nuisance – and with those pesky little critters comes myriad illnesses, but two in particular have been present in South Florida in recent years – Chikungunya and Dengue Fever. Both are vector-borne diseases, and both are transmitted by Aedes aegypti – the scientific name for a bothersome little bug, also …

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GM Mosquitoes: Bad for Business in the Keys – Wenonah Hauter and Barry Wray

This week, local officials in the Florida Keys will decide whether to approve the first ever release of genetically engineered (GMO) mosquitoes in the United States. Yes, you read that right: lab-engineered mosquitoes could be released in one of America’s favorite tourist destinations very soon, even though it’s unclear if any government agency has evaluated the full array of health …