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(Popular Science)   Just when you think Australia couldn't possibly find another way to kill you it gets invaded by the Zika Virus   (popsci.com) divider line 27
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2014-06-13 03:27:19 PM  
headline probably should read another WAY to kill you I guess
 
2014-06-13 04:21:22 PM  
Subby accidently the whole thing.
Is this bad?
 
2014-06-13 04:21:33 PM  
Shut.  Down.  Everything.
 
2014-06-13 04:23:59 PM  
Was hoping somebody would shame subby over that headline.

/work here
//completed for me
///satisfactorily taking leave
 
2014-06-13 04:24:25 PM  
"Way" to go.   You had job.
 
2014-06-13 04:25:29 PM  
Doesn't look like this virus has killed anyone during half a century of study...
 
2014-06-13 04:27:27 PM  
Come on.  Be serious.  No one actually thought that.
 
2014-06-13 04:28:08 PM  
Terrifying, except that we've known about it for 65 years and there hasn't been a documented death.
 
2014-06-13 04:29:11 PM  
Headline makes me crosseyed.
 
2014-06-13 04:30:04 PM  

IgG4: headline probably should read another WAY to kill you I guess


I think Australia just doesn't want to get its hands dirty doing it itself.
 
2014-06-13 04:30:11 PM  

vudukungfu: Headline makes me crosseyed.


You accidentally the whole thing?
 
2014-06-13 04:31:12 PM  
The lesson here is, as always: Holy shiat, DON'T GO TO AFRICA!!!!
 
2014-06-13 04:31:26 PM  
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2014-06-13 04:38:17 PM  
Wow, a virus that causes joint pain, fatigue, a mild headache, and the occasional rash.

I have been suffering from Zika Virus for 15 years.
 
2014-06-13 04:44:53 PM  
First the dancing horses and now this... Oh, Austria, what will you think of next?
 
2014-06-13 04:58:52 PM  
Is there any real reason that we don't genetically sterilize mosquitos?
I'm all for a healthy ecological system and all, but seriously? Other than possible frog and fish food (which other animals can also provide) why keep these around?
 
2014-06-13 05:20:37 PM  

tlars699: Is there any real reason that we don't genetically sterilize mosquitos?
I'm all for a healthy ecological system and all, but seriously? Other than possible frog and fish food (which other animals can also provide) why keep these around?


Because then we find out they are vitally important for something we never thought of and now its too late.

And/Or, something else then evolves to fill the niche, and we now have farkING MANSQUITOS
 
2014-06-13 05:43:39 PM  

tlars699: Is there any real reason that we don't genetically sterilize mosquitos?


It's being tried.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterile_insect_technique#Current_targe ts
 
2014-06-13 05:51:19 PM  
After the collapse of the Habsburg  Empire  it was never the same.
 
2014-06-13 05:54:53 PM  
Well, that's not surprising for the country that gave us Hitler.
 
2014-06-13 05:59:47 PM  
Yet another mosquito borne virus that someday may mutate into a threat to human life.  It's time to get rid of the farking mosquitos.  It's time for the responsible use of DDT to kill mosquitos.
 
2014-06-13 06:10:09 PM  
Reading it... non-fatal virus, describes conditions and vectors, describes what causes it to go "stealth" until big outbreak, etc.

Made me think about how when I was playing Epidemic, the first thing you wanted to do is to get the nasty spreading kind that had very little effect... it would be stealthy and super contagious, and then you started ratcheting up the symptoms. By the time anyone should be alarmed, the president can't get the words out. Madagascar wasn't even the last...
 
2014-06-13 06:57:37 PM  
It's that time of year again... Time for the annual mosquitoes can carry all kinds of nasty diseases stories.
Everybody panic and click.

Next up...  "West Monkey SARS"....  = West Nile + Monkey Pox + SARS
 
2014-06-13 07:02:41 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: tlars699: Is there any real reason that we don't genetically sterilize mosquitos?

It's being tried.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterile_insect_technique#Current_targe ts


Wouldn't getting rid of mosquitoes be bad for the environment? There are a lot of animals that rely on mosquitoes for food. As much as they are awful at times, I am scared of what would happen without them.
 
2014-06-13 07:53:35 PM  
The Australian gov't is trying to lift the retirement age to 70, because so many of us are living longer and healthier lives.

 It's also the least likely place on Earth to die from a gun massacre, thanks to the gov't reining in gun nuts after the last massacre 30 years ago.
 
2014-06-13 07:54:13 PM  

4seasons85!: Fark like a Barsoomian: tlars699: Is there any real reason that we don't genetically sterilize mosquitos?

It's being tried.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterile_insect_technique#Current_targe ts

Wouldn't getting rid of mosquitoes be bad for the environment? There are a lot of animals that rely on mosquitoes for food. As much as they are awful at times, I am scared of what would happen without them.


A mass extinction probably isn't a great idea, but in villages with particularly bad cases of things like Dengue it's made a real impact in getting their people healthy. I'm in favor of controlled releases in areas that have near epidemic levels of disease.
 
2014-06-13 08:32:17 PM  
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