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Spartygrad95
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January 29, 2016 1:50 pm  

Atrazine and metolachlor are used in the U.S. too. Not as much anymore since the advent of round up ready crops. Atrazine was HUGELY popular with farmers before science and God gave us Glyphosate.

I'm a DDT fan... bring back DDT and spray everywhere.

DDT did a great job controlling malaria outbreaks. Too bad it was such a persistent insecticide in the system. Many new insecticides have much shorter residuals and do not bio accumulate.


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islandnewbie
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January 29, 2016 10:00 pm  

Amen (tu) Both my husband and I decided not to have children before we even met one another. Just couldn't find any justification for adding to the overpopulation that is destroying the planet. Overpopulation is the root of all the planetary problems we currently face. If you want children, there are so many that need homes.


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January 29, 2016 10:24 pm  

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone wants or needs to know why someone either can't have or decides not to have children, particularly on a relocation forum. Surely there are other outlets more suited to the sharing of such personal details.


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stxisbest
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January 29, 2016 10:51 pm  

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone wants or needs to know why someone either can't have or decides not to have children, particularly on a relocation forum. Surely there are other outlets more suited to the sharing of such personal details.

(tu)


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January 30, 2016 2:10 pm  

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone wants or needs to know why someone either can't have or decides not to have children, particularly on a relocation forum. Surely there are other outlets more suited to the sharing of such personal details.

(tu)

(tu) (tu) (tu)


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January 30, 2016 2:45 pm  

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone wants or needs to know why someone either can't have or decides not to have children, particularly on a relocation forum. Surely there are other outlets more suited to the sharing of such personal details.

(tu)

(tu) (tu) (tu)

(tu) (tu) (tu) (Wish there was just a plain old Like button)


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AandA2VI
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January 30, 2016 5:21 pm  

LOL OT. Ok let me know when you come out with your own book on whats appropriate to discuss on a moving forum. I will be sure to buy it and then follow your rules. 😀


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STTsailor
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January 31, 2016 1:28 pm  

Sunday NYT has a good summary on Zika. Not sure if this was discussed here. Another interesting option.

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January 31, 2016 1:47 pm  

The NYT article is to the point and dispels a lot of the ludicrous myths and fantasies being spread around on particularly travel forums:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/health/what-is-zika-virus.html?_r=1


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January 31, 2016 7:11 pm  

fogging CAN play a role in reducing transmission of disease.

Genetically modified mosquitoes is a better approach IMO, especially since the same breed of mosq. carries Dengue, Cheq. & Zika (and I think malaria too?)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2016/01/27/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-used-to-fight-dengue-zika-in-brazil/

Oh wait, they tried that in 2015... in the same area where Zika broke out....
haha, SCIENCE!
http://theantimedia.org/zika-outbreak-epicenter-in-same-area-where-gm-mosquitoes-were-released-in-2015/

Here's the article from 2014 on unleashing Gmail mosquitoes in Brazil.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/brazil-genetically-modified-mosquitoes_n_5618014.html


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February 3, 2016 12:54 am  

http://abcn.ws/1VIoh8J


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caribstx
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February 3, 2016 12:54 pm  

Since there is really nothing the GVI can do to combat the spread of the mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the whole PR campaign seems like a thinly veiled attempt to extract more dollars from Washington for the DoH.

I'm okay with that but they should really be spending the money handing out cans of Deep Woods Off to residents and tourists. That's the best bet to protect the population IMO.


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OldTart
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February 3, 2016 1:20 pm  

Since there is really nothing the GVI can do to combat the spread of the mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the whole PR campaign seems like a thinly veiled attempt to extract more dollars from Washington for the DoH.

I'm okay with that but they should really be spending the money handing out cans of Deep Woods Off to residents and tourists. That's the best bet to protect the population IMO.

Really?

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/02/02/territory-responds-zika-threat-multi-faceted-approach


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Alana33
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February 3, 2016 4:27 pm  

Zika virus may be Mother Nature's way of telling us to stop breeding like freaking rabbits. On a planet with a population of 7 BILLION and rising, that's probably not a bad idea.


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monogram
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February 4, 2016 4:09 am  

Zika virus may be Mother Nature's way of telling us to stop breeding like freaking rabbits.

LOL Islandnewbie may have a point.


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shangirl
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February 4, 2016 5:35 am  

My Florida county has seen a few cases of this now. Time to start reading up I guess.


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CruzanIron
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February 4, 2016 9:22 am  

Your county also says it originated elsewhere.


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February 6, 2016 12:20 am  

Papers need to entice people to buy. But the sensationalism is too over the top. No adult has ever died of the disease, 80% of people don't even get sick, and only two cases of sexual transmission from 100s of millions of cases. I think a single baby permanently disabled is too much but it doesn't help to make it sound like Ebola. Unfortunately, diseases in the tropics and in countries other than the USA have not been a priority until it knocks on the door. By summer it will disappear again, like the chikungunya last year, and the USA will ignore it until the next time. It's a shame the US territories are not provided enough funding and expertise to investigate long term solutions.


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LiquidFluoride
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February 6, 2016 12:55 am  

Zika is (apparently) totally bull*...

404 "probable" cases in brasil's history... yeah, enjoy this one ladies and gentlemen.


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Alana33
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February 6, 2016 1:17 am  

Interesting that the Zika virus has been around since the 40's with no incidence of microcephaly, previously.


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Spartygrad95
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February 6, 2016 1:38 am  

Interesting that the Zika virus has been around since the 40's with no incidence of microcephaly, previously.

Untrue. Microcephaly was reported in French Polynesia


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February 6, 2016 11:15 am  

Not exactly...

"On 24 November 2015, the health authorities of French Polynesia reported an unusual increase of at least 17 cases of central nervous system malformations in foetuses and infants during 2014–2015, coinciding with the Zika outbreaks on the French Polynesian islands. These malformations consisted of 12 foetal cerebral malformations or polymalformative syndromes, including brain lesions, and five infants reported with brainstem dysfunction and absence of swallowing. None of the pregnant women described clinical signs of ZIKV infection, but the four tested were found positive by IgG serology assays for flavivirus, suggesting a possible asymptomatic ZIKV infection. Further serological investigations are ongoing. Based on the temporal correlation of these cases with the Zika epidemic, the health authorities of French Polynesia hypothesise that ZIKV infection may be associated with these abnormalities if mothers are infected during the first or second trimester of pregnancy."


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Spartygrad95
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February 6, 2016 11:35 am  

Zika virus has been around since LONG before its discovery in 1947. The difference now is the virus has moved to populations with zero immunity against it.


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OldTart
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February 6, 2016 11:47 am  

... But the sensationalism is too over the top. No adult has ever died of the disease, 80% of people don't even get sick, and only two cases of sexual transmission from 100s of millions of cases. I think a single baby permanently disabled is too much but it doesn't help to make it sound like Ebola.

Couldn't agree more.


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Alana33
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February 6, 2016 1:38 pm  

Sparty, the article I read said that the microcephaly was not present in the cases reported in the 40's when virus was first noticed until just recently. Did you come across anything different? Do you have a link? I'm just curious.


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