It’s official: the Zika outbreak sweeping Latin America is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The World Health Organization has now declared it, so that’s that.
February 6, 2016
Don’t worry your pretty little microcephalitic head about it, though, they’re already convening meetings on the subject so you can just put your mind at ease and let the experts do their job. Just like they did during the bird flu scare, right? Or swine flu. Remember swine flu? On second thought, don’t remember that. This time it’s different. Trust them, they’re the experts.
In announcing the outbreak, WHO Dissemblar-General Margaret Chan said:
After a review of the evidence, the Committee advised that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to other parts of the world.
In their view, a coordinated international response is needed to minimize the threat in affected countries and reduce the risk of further international spread.
Members of the Committee agreed that the situation meets the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
I have accepted this advice.
Let’s translate the WHO speak for the newbies, shall we?
An “extraordinary event” means “something we can piggy back on to spread fear, increase prestige, sell vaccines and generally profit from the panic.”
A “coordinated international response” entails more than just mobilizing 200,000 Brazilian army troops to go door to door in the “battle” against Zika-carrying mosquitoes. It means an “appropriately severe” reaction from the WHO so those mosquitoes (and the countries where they reside) know who’s boss.
And a Public Health Emergency of International Concern is, as I pointed out last year during the Ebola hype, “a legally-binding international agreement on disease prevention and control” which “allows for potential international coordination of the crisis and grants the WHO powers to obtain and share information about the crisis anywhere within the IHR territories with or without the consent of the individual governments involved,” up to and including boots-on-the-ground intervention by NATO and/or the US military if need be.
So now that we know the real stakes of what has just occurred here, let’s parse the hype from the straight dope about this Zika breakout.
Here’s what we are told: an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil is causing babies to be born with debilitating birth defects and now the virus is spreading across the globe.
Here’s what we are not told: the Zika virus was first isolated in 1947 and is associated with fever, rash and joint pain which usually lasts 2-7 days and does not result in death. It has never been associated with microcephaly. There has been a minor increase in microcephaly cases reported in Brazil but also a massive over-reporting of potential cases. And there has been no demonstration of a link between Zika and microcephaly.
Do you see any difference in those two narratives? One of them gets featured on the nightly news and the other doesn’t. Two guesses which is which.
As viewers of my recent interview with Jon Rappaport will know by now, the number of cases of microcephaly — a severe neurological condition resulting in children born with abnormally small heads — in Brazil has been vastly over-reported. Since October, 4,783 cases have been identified but 709 of these cases have been confirmed negative (i.e. false reports). Most news organizations are interpreting this as meaning that there have been 4,074 cases of microcephaly in the last four months, certainly a dramatic spike over the country’s usual average of less than 200 cases per year. But in fact, 3,670 of these cases are still under investigation; only 404 cases of microcephaly (or “other alterations in the central nervous system”) have actually been confirmed. Even more strikingly, only 17 of those 404 cases have been found to be “related to the Zika virus,” although what precisely that relation entails has not been detailed. So in other words, there has been a slight increase in reports of microcephaly after a major widespread panic that has led to waves of hysteria and over-reporting. Nor has there been any demonstration of how these cases might be related to the Zika virus.
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