Despair among Venezuelan moms whose Zika-stricken babies have nowhere to turn


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The Institute of Tropical Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela predicts that by the end of the year between 563 and 1,400 Venezuelan babies will be born with Zika-related microcephaly, a condition that disrupts the normal processes of brain growth and results in a small head and brain.

Zika is hitting Venezuela particularly hard. In February, Fox News Latino reported that 118,000 people who had been infected with Zika, and 11 people have died from the illness. But hundreds perhaps thousands more have been infected since then.

In Venezuela, where hospitals and doctors operate under extremely limited conditions due to the financial crisis, children born with complications by Zika do not have many options for a safe birth. More than 60 percent of the services provided by the emergency pediatric intensive care are offered only intermittently and more than 15 percent of those services are simply not available, according to a recent National Survey of Hospitals conducted by the Venezuelan Observatory of Health.

The study also showed that 29.3 percent of ultrasound services, 80 percent of CT scan machines and 95 percent of laboratories are out of service in public hospitals.

latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2016/09/29/despair-among-venezuelan-moms-whose-zika-stricken-babies-have-nowhere-to-turn/


#2

Zika DOES not cause this problem. It’s the pesticides and insecticides getting into the drinking water.

This disease has been around for decades and never caused this thing before.

They are using this fear mongering of zika to encourage abortion.


#3

They do not have the money to buy insecticides … so as a result … they are NOT USING insecticides.

There are many fatal diseases for which we use preventive medicine.

That is why and how we have learned to apply vaccinations.

There are other diseases that we have studied and learned that they are spread by mosquitoes.

The only preventive is to kill the mosquitoes.

Yellow fever and malaria are two of the mosquito borne diseases.

Other countries suffer from sleeping sickness and other diseases.

Schistosomiasis is another one.

There is a long list of terrible diseases.

They are not caused by chemicals.


#4

Do you have any evidence for this claim?


#5

They do not have the money to buy insecticides … so as a result … they are NOT USING insecticides.

Pesticides were used profusely in VZ before the current fiascocracy took over and there were few or no small-headed children.

Pesticides have a longer history in the area than the Zika virus. They are necessary to life, as the SA jungle hosts a profusion of very nasty invertebrates.

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#6

Isolated area where banned pesticides were used along with poor sanitation and most of the babies were born to poorer women. Plus a lack of vitamin A and zinc supplements. Why wasn’t the whole country of Brazil, where this was first reported, affected? Zika has been around for decades, but only a year ago did these cases start getting reported. Why?


#7

The article notes that babies may be born with smaller heads and yet have normal brain functionality.
It also notes the benefits of therapy for those whose functionality is less hearty.
"ocal neuroscientist Eva Maria Perez told FNL that while there are cases of smaller brains developing normally, in most cases there will be difficulties such as a developmental delays or cognitive disabilities or motor problems.

The Venezuelan Society of Infectious Diseases has asked the Ministry of Health to design a treatment protocol for the hundreds of microcephaly cases that will continue to arise — but those guidelines have not yet been made available.

“If someone is born without a finger, that does not mean he or she cannot move the hand,” Dr. Perez urged. “Early intervention programs give plasticity to children and help improve the quality of the existing organ.”

Given the economic challenges facing Venezuela, (and many LDCs- lesser developed countries), a campaign to educate parents about simple, at home, with everyday materials, exercises to promote cognitive and motor skill development, might be a way of supporting parents and their precious children.
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#8

This does not constitute evidence for your claim. How much do you know about epidemiology? There are people who study epidemiology all their lives. They have degrees. When you cite one of them or a study done by one of them I will call that evidence.


#9

Zika is IMNAAHO being used as a scare tactic. Remember the cries to cancel the Olympics because of fears of worldwide hordes getting Zika? Where are the international outbreaks of the disease stemming from the games?

The virus is a considerable problem, but the earth is not a nice safe place. Life goes on.

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#10

Yes, life goes on. But it does not go on quite so happily for those moms and their babies with microcephaly.


#11

There’s no scientific evidence that links Zika to microcephaly. Some scientists believe pesticides may be the source, specifically pyriproxyfen. It’s effective in controlling mosquitoes by acting as a larvicide.

Pyriproxyfen was sprayed in areas with a high rate of microcephaly.


#12

Good page from the WHO on Zika, pesticides, and microcephaly:

who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/articles/rumours/en/


#13

That is a difficult assertion to prove. Are there studies showing a decreased ability to experience happiness? Is happiness conditional upon being zika free?

The Church distinguishes between happiness and joy (noted in the Catechism):
"Paragraph 1723 teaches us “that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or any human achievement…or indeed in any creature, but in God alone, the source of every good and of all love.” In other words, temporal happiness is not enough to satisfy us; we long for the “joy of the Lord” (CCC 1720). Recognizing that God is our Creator and that we rely totally on Him is a “source of wisdom and freedom, of joy and confidence” (CCC 301). quoted from Catholic exchange
catholicexchange.com/the-difference-between-joy-and-happiness

Perhaps the words of our holy father may be helpful. From Evangelii Gaudium at
w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html

  1. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.

I. A joy ever new, a joy which is shared

  1. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.

  2. I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.[1] The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!"

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