February 16, 2016
The Zika virus has been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason. This frightening new disease can seriously harm unborn children, so much that some South American countries are warning female citizens not to get pregnant at least until 2018.
While the potential threat of this virus is not much of a mystery, it does lead many to wonder what has caused this sudden outbreak. Evidence is mounting to point the finger of blame at an earlier release of genetically modified mosquitoes. These mosquitoes had been altered and released in the hopes of minimizing malaria outbreaks.
It is suspected that the presence of certain antibiotics in the area is responsible for the unforeseen consequences. These antibiotics, as well as some pesticides, altered the breeding patterns and mutated the larvae of these genetically-modified mosquitoes.
When these infected and modified mosquitoes bite humans, they are then infecting their victim with this same combination of harmful substances. And because of the unforeseen interaction with antibiotics (found in animal waste mostly), the infected and mutated larvae aren’t dying off as the scientists intended, but are instead able to fully grow and then reproduce.
“The Zika Virus is not new…”
While it is undeniable that these mutated mosquitoes are carriers for viruses and disease, it may not actually be the Zika virus that these mosquitoes are carrying. In fact, some in the scientific community believe that the Zika virus is just turning into the scapegoat for the sudden epidemic of malformations in newborn children.
A report by a group named Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns identifies larvicides and other pesticides as the true cause of these birth defects.
Previous Zika epidemics did not cause birth defects in newborns, despite infecting 75% of the population in those countries. Also, in other countries such as Colombia there are no records of microcephaly; however, there are plenty of Zika cases.
Their report showed that the Zika virus is not a new occurrence, and that it has occurred in the past without the drastic side effects that are being seen today. Rather, this group claims that the extensive use of chemicals such as pyriproxyfen are causing the birth defects that are taking Brazil, Colombia, and other South American countries by storm.
The Brazilian Association for Collective Health provides further evidence for the fact that the Zika virus is not simply a new and naturally-occurring epidemic. According to this group, the Zika virus has been around for decades, and has affected up to 75% of a population in certain small countries/island populations.
Interestingly enough, however, is the fact that these outbreaks did not result in a malformation of the head in newborns (microcephaly), which is being cited as the main effect of Zika.
Needless to say, it appears that this “ZIKV outbreak” is much more than that; it is the direct result of human interference with nature, to one extent or another. The genetic modification of mosquitoes combined with pesticides and antibiotics that have known carcinogenic and teratogenic properties has made for a devastating combination.
One can only hope that those responsible will admit to their mistakes and contribute to a real solution before too many more innocent babies and their parents are affected by this outbreak.