If you’re following the news, public health officials are manufacturing a scare around the so-called “Zika” virus. We were initially told of an outbreak in Brazil in which it was discovered that there were 4,180 cases of microcephaly, or babies born with small heads. This sort of symptom is usually the result of an “insult” to the fetus during development, and can be cause be a host of factors environmental and physical.
Later, Brazilian officials reviewed their records and reduced the number of real cases of microcephaly from 4,180 to 270. And then there was this, reported by AP:
“Brazilian officials said the babies with the defect [microcephaly/small heads, brain damage] and their mothers are being tested to see if they had been infected. Six of the 270 confirmed microcephaly cases were found to have the [Zika] virus.”
That is not enough to indicate cause and effect. In the US every year we have 25,000 cases of microcephaly, none related to Zika.
What’s up? Why the hoax? Why the scare? I cannot begin to know but can guess that it comes down to two things: spreading fear, and siphoning resources into pharmaceutical corporations. After all, they need to develop a vaccine now.
Here’s a Huffington Post article advancing the scare and panic line.
Here’s a Jon Rappoport piece trying to set the record straight.