ANOTHER PAPER ON MICROCEPHALY INCIDENCE IN BRAZIL UNDERMINES WHO’S ZIKA CLAIMS


*INCIDENCE OF MICROCEPHALY IN BRAZIL HAS REMAINED THE SAME SINCE 2000, SAYS NEW PAPER ANALYSING LIVE BIRTH DATA

WHO’s declaration of Zika as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern is based on the alleged association between the mosquito borne Zika virus and unexpected cluster of microcephaly in Brazil.

But a new paper by Charles Simmins shows there was no significant nationwide increase in microcephaly in 2015 in Brazil compared to the previous fifteen years.

The paper has been posted on Zika Open, WHO’s page for research in emergencies together with a study by Sandra da Silva Mattos proving that the incidence of microcephaly has been under reported in Brazil for years.

http://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/zika_open/en/

The paper called “Establishing Base Levels of Microcephaly in Brazil Prior to the Arrival of Zika Viral Illnesses,” shows the incidence of microcephaly for every 100,000 live births has remained roughly the same 5.5 to 5.7 cases for every 100,000 live births since the year 2000 according to information on the Brazilian life birth information database.

http://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/BLT.16.171223.pdf?ua=1

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So, regardless of whether genetically modified mosquitoes are responsible for the Zika outbreak or not, the central claim that WHO has used to justify the Zika virus as a public health emergency does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

There does not seem to be an unexpected or significant increase in the number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil and therefore to claim there has been one association with the Zika virus epidemic is false.

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