Thursday, February 11, 2016

CDC Confirms: Dead Infants with Microcephaly Contracted Zika



CDC Confirms: Dead Infants with Microcephaly Contracted Zika
by Mary Chastain 10 Feb 2016
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that doctors had confirmed the presence of Zika virus in the tissue of infants who died from microcephaly, a rare birth defect.

“This is the strongest evidence to date that Zika is the cause of microcephaly,” explained CDC Director Tom Frieden. “Zika is new, and new diseases can be scary, particularly when they can affect the most vulnerable among us.”

Frieden stopped short of claiming Zika caused the microcephaly, a disorder in which the brain does not form properly during pregnancy or after birth and results in a small head. He said scientists need to perform more tests to confirm an actual link.

The CDC stated the disorder is typically uncommon. Following the Zika outbreak, however, Brazil has documented over 4,000 cases and is diagnosing an average of 200 cases a week. In 2015, the country tracked over 2,400 cases, compared to the 147 in 2014.

Doctors reported 404 cases of microcephaly in newborns since November. They tied seventeen “to the Zika virus.” Fifteen of the 404 passed away, “with five linked to Zika.” Authorities are investigating 56 other deaths and 3,670 cases.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carry the disease. While primarily found in Africa, all but two nations in the Western Hemisphere have recorded populations of the mosquito species living there (Chile and Canada are the exceptions). They also carry dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. Doctors found Zika in one infant during an autopsy, and numerous mothers reported symptoms.

Brazil, El Salvador, and Colombia have advised women against getting pregnant.

“It’s a very personal decision, but at this moment of uncertainty, if families can put off their pregnancy plans, that’s what we’re recommending,” stated Angela Rocha, the pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Brazil.

Yale University School of Public Health Professor Albert Ko claims the cases of microcephaly in Brazil are just the start of concerns about birth defects linked to the Zika virus.

“It seems like microcephaly may just be the tip of the iceberg,” he stressed, adding:

The preliminary evidence is that [some] babies who don’t have microcephaly may also have neurological lesions or birth defects that are not as obvious as microcephaly. We’re really concerned because of Zika, but we need to rule out other causes of congenital infection to really make sure.

Microcephaly has received the most attention, but Ko found other problems with the infants.

“We’re seeing a spectrum. Many have fairly severe central nervous system lesions,” he explained. “There are also a lot of calcium deposits … Those can cause seizures and cause impairment in terms of function for the brain.”

He added, “We’re also seeing that in some babies, the brains, which usually have wrinkles, are actually smooth. That’s a sign that development of the brain has been impaired. Several of them are also impaired with respect to vision and hearing.”

Tom Frieden
Thomas R. Frieden is a director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Barack Obama administration, and the U.S. representative for the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Defiant Marco Rubio Heads to South Carolina: ‘We’re Going to Win This Campaign’



Defiant Marco Rubio Heads to South Carolina: ‘We’re Going to Win This Campaign’
by Charlie Spiering 10 Feb 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% is scrambling to project strength in the Republican presidential primary, doing interviews on Fox News and the Today show and jetting off to South Carolina after coming in fifth in New Hampshire.

“We’re going to be the nominee,” he said confidently on the Today Show. “It is just going to take a little longer, but we are going to get there.”

With 92 percent of the vote tallied in New Hampshire, Rubio is 1,484 votes behind his political mentor Jeb Bush, who earned fourth place.

On Fox and Friends, Rubio blamed the media for creating the narrative that something bad had happened to his campaign, and for discouraging voters.

Well, what happened is obviously Saturday night, the debate went the way it went and then the media coverage over the last 72 hours was very negative about it and so forth. So the last thing that voters heard before going into the booth or yesterday was, you know, something bad happened on Saturday night. So it made it very difficult for us to get any other message across.

Rubio spun his finish as only a difference of a “couple thousand votes” which is why his campaign was so disappointed.

“So that’s on me,” he said, referring to his debate performance. “That ain’t ever going to happen again.”

Rubio said he was on his way to South Carolina, where he hopes to get his campaign back on track.
“We’re going to win this campaign. We’re going to win this primary,” he said. “It’s important for the country and I’m fired up about that.”

He ignored the criticism that he was too scripted or didn’t have enough depth, calling it “absurd.”

“I answered every single one of those questions with as much or more depth than anyone else in the race,” he said.

Referring to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio suggested that he had successfully tapped into the anger in New Hampshire about diminishing jobs and manufacturing in the state.

“Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee … ultimately to be president you can’t just go around telling people what’s wrong, you have to tell people how you’re going to fix it.”

Marco Rubio
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Nancy-Ann DeParle is a director at CVS Health, and was the White House health czar & deputy chief of staff for the Barack Obama administration.
C. David Brown II is a director at CVS Health, the chairman for Broad and Cassel, and a director at the ITT Educational Services.
Marco Rubio was of counsel at Broad and Cassel, is U.S. Senate senator, and the candidate for the 2016 Marco Rubio presidential campaign.