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'Zika contagion' has Florida health officials going door-to-door collecting urine samples

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(NaturalNews) In February, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties, after the Zika virus had been detected in at least nine residents. The problem has only gotten worse since.

Now, health officials in the state have discovered that infections are growing – and are likely now coming from mosquitoes rather than being passed on via sexual contact or shared by other means. That's alarming, because now the battle must shift from merely treating those unfortunate enough to have picked up the disease from someone else, to eradicating tens of millions of tiny insect-carriers.

As reported by CNN, Florida officials have now confirmed that newly infected residents are catching the disease after being bitten by a virus-carrying mosquito, the first known mosquito-borne transmission in the U.S. As part of the state's emergency procedures, health officials are going door-to-door in the most heavily affected areas near Miami asking for urine samples.

"I have requested that the CDC activate their Emergency Response Team to assist DOH in their investigation, research and sample collection efforts," Scott said in a statement. "Their team will consist of public health experts whose role is to augment our response efforts to confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus."

'If I were a pregnant woman right now ...'

To date, CNN noted, there have been 386 cases of Zika in Florida; 55 of those cases were pregnant women. The number of those infected via locally-transmitted disease now stands at 14.

The Zika epidemic began in Brazil in early 2015, where health officials are still battling to contain the outbreak ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Researchers believe that the Zika virus is causing a rise in babies being born with microcephaly, a condition where newborns have dramatically smaller brains and skulls. Some believe that the condition has led to the deaths of at least some Zika-affected newborns in Brazil.

The virus itself isn't all that bad; that is, some can get it and not even know they have it. Others may experience mild fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, but symptoms are easily treated, and usually last for less than a week.

So, by far, the virus is most dangerous to child-bearing women.

"If I were a pregnant woman right now, I would go on the assumption that there's mosquito transmission all over the Miami area," warned Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical medicine expert at the Baylor College of Medicine, as reported by The Associated Press.

Federal health officials at the CDC and elsewhere have said that they don't expect the virus to spread much beyond the Miami region and the state of Florida. The CDC chief, Dr. Thomas Friedan, says that due to Florida's aggressive mosquito-spraying program, which is much better than that in Brazil, the virus should be contained soon.

The government has lied to us about an outbreak before – and recently

But we've heard Friedan and other federal health officials tell us in the past not to be concerned about the spread of deadly or dangerous viruses. The recent Ebola outbreak comes to mind.

As reported by Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and author of the new book, Food Forensics, there were five major lies the federal government and the CDC told Americans during the Ebola outbreak:

-- That it could not be transmitted via the air (it could – by the CDC's own admission in a fact sheet that was put online, but was later taken down and replaced with a sheet that denied airborne transmission was possible);

-- That Ebola would never come to the U.S.;

-- That the disease just showed up out of nowhere (it was first discovered in the mid-1970s);

-- That health officials had everything under control;

-- And that the only defense against the deadly virus was a vaccine or Big Pharma – the mainstream media worked with government agencies to suppress natural cures and defenses.







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