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Dengue Fever in Florida Keys to be Counteracted by GM Mosquitoes
02-12-2012, 08:16 AM,
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Bug  Dengue Fever in Florida Keys to be Counteracted by GM Mosquitoes


Quote:Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a virus that is communicable via mosquito bites. DEET repellent is the most common form of prevention in regions with insects carrying the virus.

There are four distinct, but closely related, serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4). Recovery from infection by one provides lifelong immunity against that particular serotype. However, cross-immunity to the other serotypes after recovery is only partial and temporary. Subsequent infections by other serotypes increase the risk of developing severe dengue.

An estimated 500 000 people with severe dengue require hospitalization each year, a large proportion of whom are children. About 2.5% of those affected die.

That works out to be ~12,500 deaths worldwide per year that are attributable (according to the WHO) to Dengue Fever; mostly in cases of multiple/recurring cases of the disease in children.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called "break-bone" fever because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking, hence the name. Health experts have known about dengue fever for more than 200 years.

Dengue fever is found mostly during and shortly after the rainy season in tropical and subtropical areas of

* Africa
* Southeast Asia and China
* India
* Middle East
* Caribbean and Central and South America
* Australia and the South and the Central Pacific

Worldwide, 50 to 100 million cases of dengue infection occur each year. This includes 100 to 200 cases in the United States, mostly in people who have recently traveled abroad. Many more cases likely go unreported because some healthcare providers do not recognize the disease.

During the last part of the 20th century, many tropical regions of the world saw an increase in dengue cases. Epidemics also occurred more frequently and with more severity. In addition to typical dengue, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome also have increased in many parts of the world. Globally, there are an estimated several hundred thousand cases of DHF per year

Sources:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_119823.html
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs117/en/
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/denguefever/understanding/pages/overview.aspx

Here's the planned action that prompted this thread starter:


Quote:Genetically Modified Male Release Trials


The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is pursuing trials for the release of genetically modified males in the control of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for the spread of dengue fever. Due to the difficulty in controlling these mosquitoes, this technology could potentially assist in the reduction of both the mosquitoes and disease in Key West. While the District is still undergoing review from both Federal and State agencies for permitting, we hope that trials can begin in Key West in 2012. Please click here for more information on this technology.
Full Article: http://www.keysmosquito.org/
8 Page PDF with more information from the Florida Based Spray Company: http://www.keysmosquito.org/images/stories/Sterile%20Males/Key%20West%20and%20Oxitec%20Questions%20and%20Answers%20for%20web%20site%20%282%29.pdf

This raised a red flag on my alert list since I had some bots out scavenging for information on GMO Mosquitoes, primarily because research was funded in a number of Bill Gates Foundation projects to deliver vaccines.
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02-15-2012, 12:03 AM, (This post was last modified: 02-15-2012, 12:05 AM by nwo2012.)
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Exactly, I have no doubts that they want to roll this out to vaccinate us. If not on these trials, via hidden viruses, then in future. They already trialled this in Oz January 2011 and guess who contributed to the funding? Yes indeed, that little slimy fuckface Gates and his dog.

Quote:Scientists will know within four months whether today's release of 6000 bacteria infected mosquitoes is a success. Got some questions? Read our extensive Eliminate Dengue Q&A.

About 40 mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria will be released at every fourth home at Yorkeys Knob and Gordonvale in the next 12 weeks.

The bacteria blocks mosquitoes from infecting people with the dengue fever virus.

The $18 million world-first experiment has the potential to lead to a sustainable solution to dengue outbreaks in the tropics.

Cairns testing ground for dengue trial | Our Say: Next step in beating fever

The project is funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Federal and State governments.

The State Government has contributed $1.95 million to the program.

http://www.wellnessuncovered.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2023:australia-release-gmo-mosquitos&catid=34:articles-on-gmo-safety&Itemid=15

Oh yeah Bill Gates is so concerned with 40,000 people or so dying every year from Dengue Fever. Lol.
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02-16-2012, 02:56 AM,
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RE: Dengue Fever in Florida Keys to be Counteracted by GM Mosquitoes
Interesting to also note that mosquitoes may also play a significant role in pollination.

Decent Discussion Thread started off by a great question:

Quote:Who needs mosquitoes?

Nature of 22 july 2010 features an article called a world without mosquitoes. The author seems to think that mosquitoes are only a nuisance ( causing malaria, yellow fever etc) and that eradication would not have serious consequences for the ecosystem. One argument posed is that most mosquitoe eating birds would switch to other insects. Another line of reasoning goes as follows: thousands of plant species depend on mosquitoes for pollination. But pollination isn't crucial for crops on which humans depend. The only thing we want from mosquitoes is for them to go away. And according to entomologist Joe Conlon they (mosquitoes) don't occupy an unassailable niche in the environment. My question: how do malaria researchers feel about programmes aimed at eradication of mosquitoes??
Full Thread: http://www.malariaworld.org/forum/who-needs-mosquitoes

Take that into consideration from a large ecological scope; then combine that with the efforts to control them as a pest or plague carrying insect. What of other insecticide targeted insect species and their roles in pollination?

Related to that we have that Killer Bee and Global Bee Death due to the mystifying Colony Collapse Syndrome.

BBC Just put out a documentary series looking into that perceived issue.

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms
Airs Wednesdays at 08:00 pm on BBC2
Premiered February 08, 2012
Genre: Wildlife Documentary

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms is a nature series which follows Sarah Raven who is on a mission to halt the rapid decline in our essential bees, butterflies and pollinating insects.

Source: http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-30769

It's widely capped and readily available via BT but maybe worth a look for, if nothing else, the spin that BBC puts on the what is being dubbed as Colony Collapse Syndrome (CCS) or the Global Bee Death.

Maybe someone would care to up it to the tracker? Wink

More on that topic here:

The Global Bee Death + Aggregated Threads and Theories
http://concen.org/forum/showthread.php?tid=32177&pid=233293#pid233293
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02-22-2012, 04:49 AM,
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RE: Dengue Fever in Florida Keys to be Counteracted by GM Mosquitoes
Related Torrent worth a watch:

Quote:Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released On Cayman Islands

Experts in the safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms have expressed concern over the release of GM mosquitoes into the wild on the Cayman Islands, which was publicised internationally only last month — a year after their initial release.

The trial of the OX513A strain of the dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, developed by UK biotechnology company Oxitec, was carried out on Grand Cayman island by the Cayman Islands' Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) in 2009, followed by a bigger release between May and October this year. Together they represent the first known release of GM mosquitoes anywhere in the world.
Download Video Clip: http://concen.org/tracker/torrents-details.php?id=21201 (54.77 MB)
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