What is the Zika Virus?
The Zika virus is a virus transmitted by mosquito’s. The virus started in Uganda in the mid 1900’s and was a problem in Rhesus monkeys. A few year later, the first Zika virus in humans was found in Africa. Since then outbreaks have occurred in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. Zika virus is transmitted to humans after being bitten by an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus. Blood transmission and sexual transmission are also other ways the virus can be transmitted by humans to other humans.
Symptoms and Prevention.
The time period from when being bitten and when symptoms start is not clear but the symptoms are. Theses symptoms include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. The symptoms tend to be mild and typically do not last longer than a week. Since the symptoms do not last very long the Zika virus is not a huge threat to most humans but it can be to infants and animals. The Zika virus can cause brain damage to infants and it can also be worse for animals because it is hard for us to communicate with infants and animals since they can not talk. Having a lack of communication can cause the virus to be more serious and harder to treat with infants and animals. Also the Zika virus has been linked to birth defects in new born babies. As far as prevention goes I suggest that you be prepared when traveling and understand the habitat of mosquito’s, especially when traveling to places known to have had outbreaks. During time of outbreaks it is advised that pesticides for mosquito’s be sprayed to help kill and control the population. Also any repellents used to protect yourself should have DEET or icaridin acid. So check labels when buying repellents.
The Zika Virus and Monsanto.
Photo credit: Monsanto.com
Rumors started that state that Monsanto and pesticides caused the recent outbreak of the Zika virus and microcephaly. Monsanto claims that their products have no connection to the Zika virus or microcephaly. Monsanto defends its claim by also telling us that they do not manufacture or sell Pyriproxyfen. The product is a larvicide, and Monsanto does not manufacture or sell larvicides, and Monsanto does not own Sumitomo Chemical Company but they do partner with them and they do supply Monsanto with herbicide products, which is why blame for the virus outbreak was falsely directed at Monsanto.
Sumitomo is a chemical company that makes fertilizers for crops and other types of chemicals , they are the ones that create these chemicals, not Monsanto. Sumitomo makes a larvicide called Pyriproxyfen. This larvicide was put into drinking water to control the development in of mosquito larvae in and around the water. While the Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly have been connected, the Pyriproxyfen larvicide is what some people think caused the birth defects of newborns in Brazil and not the Zika virus Proof from Monsanto clearly shows that they are not responsible for the recent outbreak and if you research like I did you will see that Monsanto is not responsible for the outbreak. Monsanto also supports any efforts to fight against the Zika virus as well.
My name is Bryce Vaughn a 2012 graduate from Canton High School and a 2014 graduate from Spoon River College. I live in the small village of Saint David, Illinois. I am a wrestling coach for the Canton Union School District #66 and I deliver pizza as a paid hobby and a way to keep me on my feet through school. I will graduate from Western Illinois in May of 2016 with a Bachelor in Agriculture Business.