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The Brazilian government has approved a Public Health Emergency Measure allowing health department employees accompanied by police to enter private homes by force, if necessary, to fumigate for Aedes aegypti mosquitos.
The Aedes aegypti transmit dengue, chikungunya, and zika.
O Globo reports that it applies to homes where the owner has been absent and appear to have been abandoned. Health department officials must give notice ten days in advance to the owner of record, and verify its vacancy by visiting the property twice during the 10-day period.
You can read the original article in Portuguese here.
Venezuelan Health Minister Luisana Melo on Friday said there are 4,700 people allegedly infected with the Zika virus in the country, out of which 225 people are suffering from one of the virus complications: the Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Although the minister, in an interview with state-run TV channel VTV, further admitted that Venezuela lacks immunoglobulin, which is the main treatment for the virus, she pointed out that THE antibody would be provided to patients who need it, since “we are facing a crisis.”
As for plasmapheresis, which is another treatment for this disease, Melo stated it is available only in 46 hospitals nationwide.
Seemingly, the local health authority said there is a 25% medicines deficit in drugstores. “We cannot deny this situation,” she stressed.
Melo, who blames consumers who brush their teeth for the toothpaste shortage, says “the country’s pharmaceutical industry would produce 80% of high-consumption drugs late in July this year”.
Good luck with that.
The country that imported 4,000 cuban medics two years ago faces another health crisis:
With its introduction into Brazil and other countries in the Americas, including Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico, Zika is following a pattern similar to other mosquito-borne viruses that are riding speedily to new parts of the world.
The virus is carried by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue and a similar disease, chikungunya. Those mosquitoes populate the southern U.S., Caribbean, Central and South America, Dr. Powers said.
The size of the Brazilian outbreak may be the reason health authorities are finding unusual neurological symptoms and disorders for the first time, she said.
Another reason may be a mutation in the virus, she said, adding that scientists are studying genetic sequences to look at whether changes have occurred that could lead to these disorders.
. . .
The Zika virus first surfaced in Africa in the late 1940s, and has hopscotched to Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific and more recently to Latin America. Exactly how it reached Brazil, why it is spreading so fast and how it became such a threat to developing fetuses isn’t yet understood. Brazilian health officials don’t know the exact number of adults infected with the Zika virus because the vast majority of them don’t receive hospital treatment
Brazil is scheduled to host the 2016 Olympics. Now may be a good time to reconsider DDT.
Don’t believe for a moment that poor women have no alternatives to the abortion-mills-trading-in-human-organs. To be specific, there many better options than Planned Parenthood:
More answers at my post, Answers: Where can women go, instead of Planned Parenthood?
Following up on the Carnival Magic story, my latest, Whatever happened to the Carnival Magic with the ebola scare? is up at Da Tech Guy Blog.
Eight people from the state of Aragua have died in the past ten days. The symptoms are general malaise, high fever, skin rash, and mouth sores that become infected, after which the patients develop internal and external bleeding.
Duglas León Natera, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, has gone on the record saying, “we don’t know what it is.”
Happening in the middle of a health crisis in the country, the Venezuelan government has denied the reports, accusing Natera of “engaging in a campaign of rumors and terrorism.”
In other medical news, Exported to Venezuela, miserable Cuban doctors clamor to get into U.S.
“Enclothed cognition”? That’s what psychologists call the premise that the clothes you wear directly affect how you think and what you do.
It turns out the study was paid for by Lululemon, which has managed a lot of free publicity because of some see-through pants, and because the CEO managed to tell the truth – that their clothes are not for the overweight:
Psychology of Lululemon: How Fashion Affects Fitness
Does expensive athletic wear actually incline us to work out? “Enclothed cognition” proposes that the clothes you wear directly affect how we think and what we do.
“It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing,” Adam said. And he thinks the study’s results can be applied to many more fields, including activewear and fitness. “I think it would make sense that when you wear athletic clothing, you become more active and more likely to go to the gym and work out.”
Especially if you have spent $300+ on an outfit you could get for under $40 at Old Navy.
Yes, the prices above are as of today, and you can get almost ten Old Navy outfits for the price of one Lululemon.
“But Fausta,” you’ll say, “Lululemon’s yoga and running gear are designed for sweaty workouts (Full-On Luon fabric is sweat wicking, four-way stretch and breathable)! Old Navy’s isn’t!”
Ask yourself how many times a week/month/year you run outdoors long enough to break a sweat: that’s when you need the high-performance materials. If you work out indoors, you’ll do fine with Old Navy. At the end of your sweaty workout, you’re done, and you’ll be showering and changing anyway.
Unless, of course, you have to impress yourself and everybody else with the brand name (be it Lululemon, Patagonia, Athleta, or whatever), in which case, by all means, do. It all has to do with enclothed cognition.
However, keep one thing in mind: I don’t weigh myself, and I keep to a low-carb diet because I must, so the way I keep track of my weight is by seeing whether my non-stretchy clothes are getting tight. Once you get into the habit of wearing stretchy clothes all day, clothes that “give” (particularly around the waist), you lose track of that.
Which brings me to the question:
If you spend $300 on an outfit, would you be wearing it all day, and skipping the gym because breaking a sweat would mean changing into something less stylish? Or do you really get the activewear for working out?
Only you can answer that.
Related: Althouse goes Heisenberg and asks,
What I think would be fun to talk about is articles of clothing that you have used to alter your perceptions. And have you rejected items of clothing that you thought would skew your perceptions in ways you didn’t like? Remember to exclude the idea of how others perceive you and how their response to you will affect you. It’s just you. You and that item of clothing.
For a snowy day,
#snowday Cabin-fever workout: 5 mins of stairs, 15 crunches, 5 mins balance exercises, 5 mins dumbells, 5 min stretch. Housework next!
— Fausta (@Fausta) December 10, 2013
Blogging on Latin American politics shall resume later.
Back when Hugo Chavez was alive, he imported 30,000 Cuban “doctors” (some of which eventually defected), and began buying most medical equipment through Cuba, China and Argentina instead of from the suppliers.
Now the whole country’s medical system – both the “free” healthcare and the private – is collapsing, as Frank Bajak reports:
DOCTORS SAY VENEZUELA’S HEALTH CARE IN COLLAPSE
Last month, the government suspended organ donations and transplants. At least 70 percent of radiotherapy machines, precisely what Gonzalez will need once her tumor is removed, are now inoperable in a country with 19,000 cancer patients – meaning fewer than 5,000 can be treated, said Dr. Douglas Natera, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation.
Needles, syringes and paraffin used in biopsies to diagnose cancer, drugs to treat it, operating room equipment, X-ray film and imaging paper, blood and the reagents needed so it can be used for transfusions are all in desperately short supply.
Alberto de la Cruz points out the Cubanization of Venezuela:
Under the “leadership” of their puppet governor Nicolas Maduro, this Cuban colony has managed to become almost completely Cubanized in just a few short months. Implementing the same strategies in Venezuela as they have done in Cuba, the Castro dictatorship has driven the health care system in that country into the ground. Unfortunately for them, they have no “embargo” to blame for this destruction. And another unfortunate situation for Cuba’s Castro dictatorship and their sycophants brought about by this development is that it once again proves that the atrocious health care system in Cuba (and now in Venezuela) has nothing to do with “embargoes.” Instead, it has everything to do with corruption and mismanagement at the hands of the criminal and totalitarian Castro regime.
Read the horrifying report here.