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Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti
New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
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The Zika Virus
edited February 2016
Natasha discussed the recent Zika outbreak in the Night Owls' session.
In Brazil, the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti is transmiting a new disease to us: zika. We suspect that this disease entered in our country by the Fifa World Cup last year, when many people visited us. Recently was released that this disease is associated with a outbreak of microcephaly. People are scared about it, and some doctors are recommending not to be pregnant where the outbreaks are occuring..
, Do you mean that some passengers on a flight to Brazil during the Fifa WorldCup carried the disease, after landing a few mosquitoes got a blood fix and now Brazil is in big troubles?
Hey Guys, Let's talks about current mosquitoes bites in Brazil leading to babies who borned with an abnormal small size head. What do you thinks about the predicament there? It's possible that it turned into an outbreak?
I think there are chances for outbreak if it is not controlled in time. I don't have much knowledge about it, but I'll search and discuss here. By the way we have discussed a topic in Monday night owl session in skype.
Hi @ManLearner, I got this info not so long ago: One case of Zika virus has been recorded in USA; and it has been transmitted after a sexual intercourse.
Zika Virus is taking greater proportion.
I also have found the same information: Health officials in Texas on Tuesday confirmed a case of sexually transmitted Zika.
Apparently under the go ahead of the WHO, Sanofi Laboratory in France is trying to set up a vaccine against Zika.
edited February 2016
Can I just say, zika is not a new disease: It has been in Africa and Asia for decades. Only recently has the link been made between zika and Guillain-Barrê syndrome, and microcephaly.
This infographic might help:-
Post edited by Lynne on
Not a news for me as we are already facing health issues due to Dengue virus. I think, giving mere name to these viruses is not enough. I wonder why every virus originates from Africa!
I think we should not forget the commercial aspects as well like after ebola now it zika and what's next!?
Dengue Fever, Zika & Chikungunya
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