State of emergency declared in Puerto-Rico as Zika cases climb to 22

Puerto Rican authorities have been forced to declare an emergency situation in the country, following a steep rise in Zika fever incidences. The number of cases stands at 22.

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla told reporters on Friday that federal authorities were helping set up an outreach campaign to educate people on prevention strategies, AP reports.

Part of the regional government’s combat strategy also included freezing the price of condoms, which happened after two cases of the virus were confirmed in Texas.

The first case of the fever in Puerto Rico manifested itself earlier this week in a pregnant woman and a man, who subsequently developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, known to cause temporary paralysis.

While the symptoms of the disease for most people are only rash, fever and flu-like effects, catching it during pregnancy can result in the birth of child with microcephaly, a serious birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain.

Zika was previously thought to be only transmitted by mosquitoes, but cases have also included blood transfusion and sexual intercourse with an infected person.

In the United States, Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters on Friday, “Our new guidance is that pregnant women should use condoms during sex or abstain if their partner has traveled to an area where Zika has been spreading.”

Frieden also said that he was aware of reports from Brazil that found traces of the virus in saliva and urine samples from infected patients. However, he said that more information is needed on those findings, including the methodology behind them, and the recent guidelines do not address kissing.

“We’re still learning more about [the virus in] saliva and how it works in the body,” Frieden said. “There’s been a total of three cases in the world literature of Zika being present in male secretions.”

The World Health Organization has reported 267 Zika outbreaks in countries in the Americas.  Brazil has the most Zika infections with more than one million, and Colombia has more than 20,000, the WHO said.

BORDER BATTLE: ‘Spike in people from terrorist nations crossing’…

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A Channel 2 Action News investigation discovered a leaked secret document showing a spike in people from terrorist nations illegally crossing our country’s Southern border.

Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant traveled to Texas, where public safety leaders are scrambling to close the gaps.

“Any of this infrastructure can be exploited by anyone,” a former Border Patrol sector chief said.

The dramatic pictures from our days-long trip have everyone from Border Patrol agents to lawmakers sounding the alarm, Monday at 5 on Channel 2 Action News.

Florida governor declares Zika virus emergency in four counties

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a public health emergency over the Zika virus in four counties, where at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been detected. The virus has been linked to brain deformities in babies.

“Although Florida’s current nine Zika cases were travel-related, we have to ensure Florida is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state,” said Governor Scott on Wednesday in a statement.“We know that we must be prepared for the worst even as we hope for the best.”

Scott signed the order to cover the following counties in central Florida: Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties. That’s where all of the cases were detected, and the executive order allows the state’s agriculture department to use more mosquito spray in those areas.

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It also directs the Florida Department of Health to make its own decisions about what it needs from the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Zika virus is transmitted by a bite from an infected Aedes mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), according to the CDC. The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon, said the federal health agency.

However, the virus is believed to be linked to birth defects causing brain deformities in babies, and there is currently no cure or vaccine for the disease. In Brazil, clusters of babies with defects have been recorded.

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International health officials told the Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data to show whether the Zika outbreak is responsible for the increase in the number of babies in the country born with abnormally small heads.

One major problem is that, under Brazilian law, it is illegal for researchers and institutions to share genetic material, including blood samples containing Zika and other viruses. Such legal red tape is frustrating efforts to develop diagnostic tests, drugs and vaccines, while US and European laboratories are relying on samples from previous outbreaks.

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The Sun-Sentinel reported that more than five million international visitors came to central Florida in 2014, with 1.9 million of them from South America, primarily Brazil, where the virus is widespread. A US travel alert has been issued for two more destinations because of the Zika virus. Travelers are now being advised to protect themselves while travelling in Jamaica and Tonga, in the South Pacific.

There are now 30 travel destinations on the list, most of them in Latin America or the Caribbean. The government recommends that pregnant women postpone trips to those destinations because of the suspected effect Zika has on newborns.

On Tuesday, US health officials confirmed that person in Texas became infected with Zika through sex, marking the first time the illness was transmitted sexually within the United States. The patient had sexual contact with a person who recently returned from a country where Zika infections have been reported.

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Officials did not release the name, age or sex of the patient. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCCHS) said that it received confirmation of the infection from the CDC, but the CDC said that it did not investigate how the transmission occurred, according to Reuters.

“Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others,” said DCHHS director Zachary Thompson.“Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually-transmitted infections.”

There have been six confirmed travel-related cases of Zika in Texas, all among residents of Harris County, where Houston is located, the Department of State Health Services said.

There have been over 40 cases of the Zika virus recorded across 12 states and the District of Columbia. Until now, all cases involved travelers returning to the country, with no reports of the virus being transmitted via mosquito within the US.

WHO declares Zika virus global health emergency

The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency on Monday, following a recommendation by a committee of independent experts.

“I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014 constitutes a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said on Monday.

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The mosquito-borne virus that is believed to have recently caused thousands of birth defects in Brazil requires an international coordinated response, Chan said.

READ MORE: Zika virus: What you need to know about the latest global health scare

However, no restrictions on travel or trade are necessary, she added.

The move, recommended by WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, which brings together experts in epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases from around the world, is aimed at fast-tracking international action and research priorities.

Last week, the Zika virus was announced to be “spreading explosively,” with the WHO warning that it could infect as many as four million people in the Americas only.

With nearly 4,000 suspected virus-linked cases of infants born with a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development, Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Castro claimed the epidemic was worse than previously believed. In 80 percent of the cases the infected people had no symptoms, Castro told Reuters.

Сases of babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been registered in 24 nations and territories in the Americas, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Following the WHO’s announcement on Monday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they would engage new resources to fight the virus.

“CDC, along with the entire US government, is actively involved in the world’s Zika response and working 24/7 to learn more about the virus and protect health,” CDC Director Tom Frieden told Reuters.

READ MORE: Zika virus no pregnancy advice ‘offensive’ – women’s rights activists

The outbreak of the dangerous virus was first reported in December last year, with Brazilian health officials having appealed to women in the country to hold back from getting pregnant. A couple of weeks later, US authorities advised pregnant women to postpone travel plans to Latin America and the Caribbean, as US health officials confirmed that a baby born with brain damage in Hawaii tested positive for Zika. Within a matter of days, the CDC confirmed cases in a number of US states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas.

FOX’s Anti-Trump Crusade: Megyn Kelly ♥ Michael Moore, PLUS FOX Debate role to anti-Trump Muslim Supremacist

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FOX News has jumped the shark. I don’t know if you saw the lovefest last night between Megyn Kelly and Michael Moore, but it pulled the curtain back on the RINO news network. It was jarring.

My tweet (below) was retweeted hundreds of times. Megyn Kelly and FOX news have jumped the shark. Megyn has Michael Moore? Mind you, Megyn Kelly has never had me on — even in the wake of the assassination attempt in Garland, Texas and the Boston beheading plot.

My take? Kelly is angling to be the next evening news anchor on one of the big three networks. She aspires to be the next Diane Sawyer (the new haircut is a dead giveaway).

Now we hear FOX is giving an anti-Trump Muslim supremacist a platform for her hatred. Really? Why not Ibn Warraq or Robert Spencer? Why not, finally, have a true scholar on jihadic doctrine on instead of soldier for Islamic supremacism?

Trump was right to pull out of the debate.

Conservatives and the principled right have no media outlet — none. Is there not a conservative billionaire who can buy HLN or some failing liberal news outlet and put us out of our abject misery?

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Fox gives debate role to anti-Trump Muslim
‘His loudest message reeks of hatred and Islamophobia’
(BREITBART) —Fox News and Google have invited three YouTube personalities to ask questions at the Jan. 28 GOP debate — including a Muslim advocate who describes Donald Trump as a bigot and who visually portrayed him as being in agreement with national socialist Adolf Hitler.

“We have a presidential candidate whose loudest message reeks of hatred and Islamophobia… turning on the news now is scary, and oftentimes, humiliating,” the Muslim woman, Nabela Noor, says in a December YouTube video.

She admits to becoming a Muslim political activist amid the growing criticism of Islam’s doctrines. “The current social environment for Muslims today is not safe or just… as a Muslim American, I felt like I needed to use my voice,” she claimed. 

Noor also urged her YouTube viewers to rally against critics of Islam. “I’m so thankful for those who speak up and out against anti-Islamic speech and ideologies. Our community needs more allies like you, but we have a long way to go,” she said.

The two companies announced Tuesday afternoon that the anti-Trump Muslim advocate would be allowed to play a role in the debate.

Google is teaming up with the Fox News Channel for the final  Republican debate in Iowa on Thursday, January 28, 2016, and integrating three new components into the debate to help people get informed before they head to the polls, including a way to hear directly from candidates on Google; real-time Google Trends data; and questions from three of YouTube’s most prominent voices—Nabela Noor, Mark Watson, and Dulce Candy — who will join the moderators in the debate to ask the candidates a question on an issue that matters to them and their communities.  

The Republican National Committee also approved the choice of Noor, an LA.-based press aide for YouTube, Jackie Cavanagh, at MPRM Communications, told Breitbart. “I believe” she was chosen by YouTube, with help from the RNC and Fox, she said.

“YouTube creators were selected in collaboration with Fox based on things such as audience size and their ability to bring a new, fresh perspective to the most important issues of our time. Fox informed the party/candidates of the format,” said a p.r. person. 

Allison Moore, a press secretary for the RNC, told Breitbart that “We had nothing to do with that.” 

Irena Briganti, a spokeswoman for Fox, also did not respond.

In December, Trump announced he would restrict the immigration of Muslims until the jihad problem can be addressed. “It is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” said Trump.

The statement came 14 years after Islamic jihadis killed 3,000 Americans and destroyed the Twin Towers in New York, and after many other jihadis launched or tried to launch a series of attacks across the United States.

In her videos, Dulce Candy, the invited Latino questioner, said she was brought from central Mexico to the United States while a young girl. She later joined the U.S. military and served in Iraq. The press announcement described Candy:

With over 2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Dulce is a top YouTube beauty, fashion and lifestyle influencer. The only thing more impressive than her fanbase is her story: she immigrated to the United States from Mexico at age 6 and served in the armed forces in Iraq. Today, she’s a proud U.S. citizen, mother, and entrepreneur who serves as a role model for latinas, women, and more.

Noor is described in the company anouncement as well: 

Born in New York, Nabela is a 24 year old Muslim American whose parents immigrated from Bangladesh. As an up-and-coming beauty creator with over 140,000 subscribers, Nabela hasn’t shied away from social issues. In a recent video, she spoke about being called a “terrorist” in elementary school after 9/11 and emphasized the importance of tolerance above all.

The perspective of the Muslim woman, Noor, has been shaped by her Bangladeshi immigrant parents, who were paired off by their parents in an arranged marriage as teenagers, aged 17 and 14.

These Bangladeshi Muslim parents migrated to the United States — while hiding am anchor-baby pregnancy — and later kept Noor in the house for many years to prevent her from integrating with American society. “Growing up, we weren’t allowed out much, our parents wanted to preserve our culture at all costs,” she said. They even refused to let her date a man, even after she had gone to college, Noor said in a biographical video. The parents also arranged a marriage for Noor’s older sister. Her mother still wears a head-covering to mark her as a loyal Muslim.

Aspects of Islamic culture remain part of Noor’s personality, under the outward appearance of an American fashionista.

For example, Noor argues that Muslims are individually and collectively insulted when many Americans’ offer sincere and well-argued criticism of Islam’s violent doctrines — for example, jihad, bans against free speech, the death penalty for quitting Islam, sexual subordination of women, opposition to democracy and the separation of mosque and state, etc., etc. That bigoted claim of injury from free speech echoes the demand from orthodox Islam that critics of Islam be silenced – byforce if needed – and that the status or honor of each Muslim is damaged if they fail to fight against any criticism of Islam by non-Muslims.

So Noor claimed:

To be hateful and Islamophobic has become so common that it is proudly displayed all around us, online, on the news, and in politics. it is dehumanizing and it hurts. It is hard not to see a bumper sticker of a bigoted presidential candidate and not feel personally attacked when his entire campaign rests on the backs of Muslim-Americans. Where there should be messages of hope and tolerance, there are messages being spread of fear and hate, thus breeding violence.

In contrast, Western Christians and non-Christians try to treat criticism of ideas, such as Christianity’s claim that unborn humans deserve the right to life, or the merits of any particular presidential candidate, as a problem to be solved by facts, logic, free-speech, and compromise. That’s fundamentally different from Noor’s Islamic-style, only-one-winner fight over honor, pride, and supremacy.

That only-one-winner, zero-sum attitude often pushes Muslims to escalate debates into shouting matches and threats. Noor, for example, showed an image linking Trump and Hitler, which suggests that Trump’s criticism of Islam’s jihad ideology is so morally reprehensible that it is equivalent to actually murdering six million Jews, plus at least 10 million Slavic Russians, plus millions of other victims of Hitler’s socialism-for-Aryans Nazi ideology.

In fact, much to the embarrassment of Muslim advocates in the United States, that aggressive aspect of Islam was admired by Jew-hating, left-wing Hitler, who naturally also hated Christianity’s peacefulness, reason and emphasis on individuals’ conscience.

Noor also described criticism of Islam as “Islamophobia,” as if only the existence of a nationwide mental-disease could explain why Americans criticize jihad or child-marriages or the murder of captured Christians or the murders of homosexuals or the murder of a seventh-century poet.

That term, “Islamophobia,” was developed by Islamic advocates to help their allies stigmatize critics of Islam. Generally, Western advocates do not describe their critics as mentally diseased, but as illogical, selfish, or misinformed.

In her video, Noor also tried to argue that Trump’s implied criticism of the violence associated with Islam — likely, including the 9/11 atrocity, the San Bernardino murders, and many other recent jihad attacks — is somehow causing more attacks by Americans against Muslims in America. She did not supply evidence, but did show a newspaper clipping that was actually about a Muslim in Detroit who stabbed two non-Muslims after asking them if they were Muslims.

“Nick Loussia, Deputy Chief of Police for the Southfield Police Department, said [the stabber] ‘is Muslim, and asked the victims what religion they were’ before allegedly attacking them,” said a report at MLive.com.

But Noor portrayed the Muslim-against-not-Muslim jihad attack as actually caused by Americans’ fear of Muslim attacks

“The fear-mongering tactics are a direct cause of hate-violence against Muslims and that makes being a Muslim in America today very, very scary,” she claimed. Noor did not mention any of the many, many, many attacks by Muslims against non-Muslims in America.

She did, however, try to argue that the many Islam-inspired attacks are not Islamic. ‘There are people out there that manipulate our texts to serve their own sick twisted agenda,” she said, without trying to explain how ISIS violates Islamic texts, or trying to disavow the many commandments for jihad in the Koran. 

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