Zika Virus Threatens 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Tourism

With every virus and disease, there comes a moment when the world needs to ask the question, "How serious is this?"

It appears we are reaching that moment with the virus known as Zika.

This past week, Harvard scientists warned that the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics — set for Aug. 5-21 in Brazil’s capital city — could spark a "full-blown global health disaster."

Just discovered a year ago, the Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes aegypti species.

Zika is usually a mild illness. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

And a majority of the time, this causes people to not even realize they’ve been infected.

On the surface, this doesn’t sound all that bad. But here’s the reason for Harvard’s recent warning and why Zika should be taken very seriously.

Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.

Not only is Zika extremely detrimental to unborn babies and their mothers, we have no idea about the future birth defects Zika could cause down the line. Not just for unborn babies and newborns, but also for women who plan to have children (or more children).

This has caused female Olympic athletes and female tourists to begin to question whether traveling to Rio this summer is worth the risk.

But that doesn’t mean males are exempt from risk.

New research points to a possible connection to higher rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. This is a condition in which the immune system attacks nerves following an infection, causing muscle weakness and paralysis.

Writing in the Harvard Public Health Review, University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran said the games could speed up the spread of the virus.

Related story: The Zika Virus is Coming to Your Neighborhood

Attaran suggested the games could be hosted by another city in Brazil where the illness is less of a threat.

As he wrote:

"While Brazil’s Zika inevitably will spread globally, given enough time, viruses always do — it helps nobody to speed that up. …

"In particular, it cannot possibly help when an estimated 500,000 foreign tourists flock into Rio for the Games, potentially becoming infected, and returning to their homes where both local Aedes mosquitoes and sexual transmission can establish new outbreaks."

The only times in recent history the Olympic Committee canceled the games were 1916, 1940 and 1944. Each coincided with a period of global conflict — the first event was set for the middle of World War I, and the other two were during World War II.

And now, with just three months until the opening ceremonies, the world is going to have to act quickly. This could mean either moving the location from Rio or canceling the games entirely.

Either way, such a move would seem almost impossible. Cities usually spend the better half of a decade building the needed infrastructure to support the influx of athletes and tourists.

What are your thoughts on Zika and the Olympic Games? Is this a great enough risk to cancel the world’s greatest sporting event? Let us know by leaving a comment in the comments section below.

That’s all for today.

Happy and healthy investing,

Brad Hoppmann

Your thoughts on “Zika Virus Threatens 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Tourism”

  1. I would cancel the games. And I would give a lot of money to defend the disease.
    Labs should find a antidot or something. Fertility of the Mosquitos should be stopped.
    There should be more fishes, that are feeding on the larvae of the Mosquitos!!!
    Fishing there should be damned.
    If this disease will spred on the worls, it will cost us hundreds of billions of Dollars!!!
    From this money we could pay for 20 Olympic Games!!!! Or more.

  2. The solution to the Olympic Games venue is simple. Ask one the the several countries/cities that have already had the games to host them again. To choose which one over all others, there must be a blind drawing. Brazil is such a mess politically and now health wise that it should voluntarily relinquish hosting the games. They simply can not afford the games.
    What’s more, the money should be better spent on Brazilians who desperately need food, clothing, shelter, and health care. And also, of course, inoculation of populations in close proximity to the outbreak of zika.
    Further, travel to and from Brazil should be closely monitored to try to prevent spread of zika. A full quarantine may not be warranted, but a partial one seems prudent.

  3. No sport is worth the risk, but the money invested means business won’t cave in to calls for cancelling. Those who talk up the risk will be accused of scaremongering. It is only fair, though, that the athletes and spectators are warned of the risks.

  4. The potential fallout is not worth the risk. What ever was spent to upgrade the city and its services can’t add up to the cost in suffering from the loss in human potential and health. If the games must be held – and I do question whether they even should be- move the Olympics to a location where the life and health of preborn children will not jeopardized.

  5. Cancel the games, it is not worth the risk! Consider moving each individual event among a large number of other Zita-free countries, each willing to manage a few. Award Brazil with the 2020 games. This is a WORLD HEALTH PROBLEM – – – E.B. Denton

  6. close the games scheduled for Brazil. Hold them in one to many cities in the temperate zone N. of Lat 35N. Use makeshift facilities if necessary in many venues for various types of contests. Zika is dangerous to everyone, sooner or later.

  7. These games should be cancelled in Rio. They have dirty water everywhere and they stated on the news just 2 days ago that it would not be cleaned up by the games and that it poses a threat. Everything cannot be about the $$$$, people will get this disease get pregnant and they will suffer the trauma of what this will do to their children and it will costs billions in the long run to care for these children who are born with this disease that the Zika virus spreads. I just don’t understand why our government and other nations are not protesting these games in Rio.

  8. Zika is over reactionary response from media and government. Just spray the Guanabara Bay with DDT and get rid of the mosquitoes. The main problem is not the Zika these mosquitoes carry, but the Dengue fever.

  9. I can’t imagine cancelling the games. But it does seem like a good opportunity for mosquito repellent sales.

  10. Excerpted from the article:

    “All it takes is one infected traveler, a few viral introductions of that kind, in a few countries, or maybe continents would make a full-blown global health disaster.”
    Quote ends.

    We all know this is the inevitable to happen. Again one disaster on the list mentioned by God´s prophet Moses in the Holy Bible:

    ”If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law until you are destroyed.”
    Deuteronomy 28:58-61

    ”harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses…every kind of sickness ” – Zika can be included in this category. Humanity already gone through AIDS, Mad Cow disease, Black Death, Tuberculosis and some are prevailing or coming back and the new ones arise among the climate gets warmer and conditions will be ideal for then to emerge pandemic. It is not the nature producing all time new plagues but those viruses are set in advance by God and will erupt as a consequence of our disobedience to His commands and statutes. It is clearly said all the law of God is already written in the Books of Moses;

    ”If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book” – This proves the writings of apostles and followers of Jesus in the so-called New Testament lies. Also, the founder of Islam, Muhammad claimed the word of God is now in the Book (Quran) he wrote and it proves him as a liar and false prophet. What can we say about Jewish scribes? They also added their own writings into the Bible and this is the word by one prophet of God;

    “‘How can you say, “We are wise,
    for we have the law of the Lord,”
    when actually the lying pen of the scribes
    has handled it falsely?
    9 The wise will be put to shame;
    they will be dismayed and trapped.
    Since they have rejected the word of the Lord,
    what kind of wisdom do they have?”
    Jeremiah 8:8-9

    ”the lying pen of the scribes” – This is the truth concerning the prevailing lies that postpone our hearts and minds from understanding and taking heed the true word of God. God only tells His plans through His Prophets;

    ”Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
    without revealing his plan
    to his servants the prophets.”
    Amos 3:7

    And:

    ”I spoke to the prophets,
    gave them many visions
    and told parables through them.”
    Hosea 12:10

    The word of God is only told to the prophets! Did Jesus know this?

    ”He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”
    Luke 24:44

    Yes! Jesus told us where to search the truth and religious preachers hide this from us and took away our understanding, the wisdom we have but understanding the word of God is what we need. Where is the understanding if gather in the place buzzing with disease carriers? These athletes and spectators in stadiums are just one sting away and they will come to you.

    Yeah, people are blinded by religious preachers! What did God command us to do?

    ”I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.”
    Deuteronomy 18:18-19 NIV

    God has said before in Deuteronomy 18:18-19, about the ONE prophet whom He will send like Moses, and in whose mouth He will place His words (meaning the chosen one will not study the Bible on his own nor will he study ancient languages as God Himself will instruct him about His words) and the prophet will speak in His Name or reveal His (God’s) Name.

    As God’s prophet to the nations, Maestro Evangelista says to all people of the world:

    “Disastrous events will continue to happen all over the world, for the people to realize that the world is cursed. These will only stop when they use their wisdom and understanding to accept and acknowledge the true Name of God”.

    This is not a new religion or cult but simply a MESSAGE (communications or memorandum)!

    This means that whether you accept (the ‘Prophet like Moses’) Maestro Evangelista’s Bible revelations in the websites http://www.thename.ph and http://www.thenameonline.info or not ceases to be our responsibility. You are accountable for your own actions because of “free-will”.

    What is important is that people of the world can no longer claim that the God did not warn us of this coming catastrophe and how we can attain true peace and unity.

    Our task is to merely inform you of God’s true message in the Bible that Maestro (Teacher) Eraño Martin Evangelista brings.

  11. I would cancel the games for one year. Revisit the possibility of the games happening one year hence, same place, same country and, same month. It’s worth the cautionary hold for one year. It’ possible a vaccination will be developed in that interim period.

  12. The Zola virus is nothing to be concerned with. It has been known about for sixty years or so and suddenly it’s a problem? Now it is being used to cover up the real culprit of microephaly which is all the agricultural chemicals used in the area. They have known about these chemicals causing this for many years. Do some research and learn the truth for yourself.

  13. A person can take a vitamin B6 tablet daily to prevent mosquitos from biting you thus eliminating Zika. Very simple !

  14. Cancel in Brazil. Split up by events group and hold at job ready sites around the world.
    Don’t take away the athlete’s chance that they have been working years for.

  15. You just said it. The only times that the Olympics were cancelled was because of World Wars I and II. I believe that cancelling the games would be a disaster. Thank you for listening.

  16. Cancel the games in Brazil, Find venues for each sport type around the world that are immediatly equipted to hold that type event group. Don’t let the athlete’s effort to get to this point be for nothing.

  17. Move it to a city where a prior Olympic games has been held, that is in a low risk area for Zika transmission. Sorry Brazil. …maybe next time

  18. Another case of a new boutique virus promoted by the elite to herd people into a fear-based posture in relation to the government-medical-pharmaceutical establishment. Watch it go the way of swine flu, SARS, etc., once it doesn’t pan out and/or the money for a new vaccine is granted. And then watch the stats for ‘ Guillane-Barre’ go up

  19. Intrexons modified mosquitos should be brought into Brazil now to allow for the time needed for the opening of the games

  20. For a different viewpoint, that being the virus does not come from mosquitos, check out the 5 minute video http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/corporate-criminality-/who-owns-the-zika-virus.html
    The Zika virus was patented and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1947, thats right, 1947! The Zika virus is a product of two companies LGC in the UK and ATCC in the US.
    You can actually BUY the virus with one click on the ATCC website for $516…see http://www.atcc.org/products/all/VR-84.aspx

  21. GMO mosquitoes are coming. Yes zika is a threat…and a perfect opportunity/vehicle fir population control.

  22. First of all, Zika has been around, and known, for decades. There are records of this. (Since the 40’s or 50’s of last century.) No birth defects have ever been noticed before, and indeed this is because Zika doesn’t cause them. Pesticides and vaccines cause the noted brain damage, both of these causes being in HUGE play, in the affected areas of Brazil. Also, Brazil is being targeted because the Mafioso of oligarchs doesn’t like the way they’re playing ball…mostly they are turning against the USA, Inc.’s fiat petro dollar. And yes, cities and nations pay huge bills to put on these events…so what better way to punish them than to let them spend, spend, spend – then spin a false narrative in order to bankrupt them. Ha ha. I’m laughing all the way to……? Hell and back, I guess. It’s all just a game, folks. A game. A game played by those without heart, or an observable soul.

  23. Zika HOAX:

    The Zika Virus, the Brazilian Microcephaly Outbreak. Covering-up Another Iatrogenic Disorder
    Cognitive Dissonance and the Elephant in the Room: Covering-up Another Iatrogenic Disorder (Injecting Fetotoxic Aluminum into Pregnant Women)
    By Dr. Gary G. Kohls
    Global Research, February 07, 2016
    Duluth Reader 4 February 2016
    Region: Latin America & Caribbean
    Theme: Biotechnology and GMO, Science and Medicine
    FROM THE ARTICLE:

    “We all know how pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers (as well as clinics, hospitals and physician trade associations) are constantly trying to grow their businesses and enrich themselves and their stakeholders (by expanding market share whenever and wherever they can). So naturally I couldn’t help but speculate on which financial investment sectors and corporations were benefitting from the latest freak-out news this time around.
    Cognitive Dissonance (or is it Willful Ignorance) in the Healthcare Industries?
    It’s important to be aware of the unshakable faith that Big Medicine has in Big Pharma’s vaccines. As a family physician, I was likewise indoctrinated in medical school and beyond to believe that all mercury-containing or aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines are safe and effective and that both mercury and aluminum were non-toxic. (Both now are well-known to be serious poisons to every living cell in the universe, not just babies brains.) Generations of brain-washing of the medical profession by corporate-controlled or corporate-influenced professionals – has worked wonders for the vaccine industry, and it starts in medical school. And what physicians believe firmly extends to their patients, even in the face of powerful neuroscientific evidence to the contrary.
    Even the Brazilian women who have been delivering their microcephalic babies (or autistic, learning impaired, hyperactive, antisocial, autoimmune, or otherwise neurologically-impaired later in childhood) are probably unaware that they and their fetuses had been exposed to injected neurotoxins (without their fully informed consent being given) when their fetuses were developing their brains, nerves and synapses.
    And I’ll even be willing to bet that those healthcare workers who were delivering those babies had no clue either.
    Significantly, it is even possible that some of those women were also receiving the mercury-containing flu shots during their pregnancy as well. Knowing that both toxic heavy metals are capable of crossing both the placental barrier and the immature blood-brain barrier of the fetus, those chemicals should have been contraindicated in pregnancy.
    At this point, it must be recognized that those Brazilian mothers – usually living in poverty, malnutrition and in carcinogenic areas of the nation – have been chronically exposed also to Monsanto’s Round-up (a known neurotoxin that has shown brain toxicity and small brains in experimental animal testing), Syngenta’s Atrazine (another neurotoxic and genotoxic herbicide widely used in Brazil), mosquito repellants and fumigation with neurotoxins).
    Brazil is notorious for the widespread use of toxic chemicals because of their burgeoning agricultural economy. It is the largest user of agribusiness poisons in the world. (Be careful about eating food from Brazil, which will be hard if Big Agribusiness and the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) succeed in banning the labeling of food products as to country of origin.)
    I know of no pediatrician and very few family physicians that show any sign of recognition whenever the darling of Big Vaccine, Dr Paul Offit speaks. (Offit is the multi-millionaire inventor of a CDC-mandated rotavirus vaccine whose contagious live viruses are shed for weeks following the oral administration of the vaccine.) Offit, an academic pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is the director of the Vaccine Education Center, once made the ridiculous assertion that “infants can theoretically receive 10,000 vaccine (antigens) at once without overloading their immune systems.” Despite that outrageous belief, he seems to have open invitations to be interviewed on radio or TV anytime there is an outbreak of whooping cough or measles-like rashes among fully vaccinated populations of children.
    (For more on Dr Offit and a list of a multitude of great reference articles, click on: http://jameslyonsweiler.com/2015/11/16/paging-dr-offit-your-aluminum-neurotoxicity-reading-assignments-are-ready/)
    Those of you who are also smelling a rat will agree that big multinational Agribusiness corporations that manufacture insecticides and insect repellants will profit from the story, and the vaccine, medical and veterinarian industries will profit from the first two hyped-up stories, and that Big Pharma and the psychiatric and medical industries (and their lobbyists) will benefit from the third.
    The remainder of this article will deal only with the very weak Zika/microcephaly theory.
    A good example of a corporation that is already profiteering from the Zika virus story is the biotech company Oxitec. Oxitec developed the technology to genetically alter male Aedes aegypti mosquitos so that no offspring would be able to reproduce. Note that there is no proof that this will do anything to contain the widespread Aedes aegypti mosquito population, but for proof of how cunning these folks are, check out the headline that I saw last week from a financial services firm. It said: “Intrexon Stock Price Spikes 20%; Oxitec Subsidiary Working To Control Zika Virus Outbreak”
    That headline concerned me, but what really piqued my interest was the totally irrational microcephaly part of the mosquito story and my understanding about the serious neurotoxicity of aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines. My information comes from my extensive reading of many honorable researchers into aluminum adjuvants across the world (in Israel, Canada, France, Japan, but not many in America – or in Brazil).
    False Flag Op: Blaming a Mosquito Instead of the Real Villains
    The Zika virus has been around semitropical and tropical countries since 1948 with no connection to fetal anomalies for the last 70 years, so my bul…it detectors screamed loudly when the mosquito carrier of the virus was blamed as the prime suspect in causing large numbers of congenital mutations as dramatic as microcephaly. A few others besides myself smelled the strong stench of another false flag operation, and I realized that I needed do my own research.
    So, partly clued in (or inspired) by the essays of Jon Rappaport (Google “Jon Rappaport and the Zika Hoax”) I started to do my independent research into this story. What I found out is disturbing, but not surprising.
    Starting at the beginning, one can report that the megacorporate vaccine industry, along with many co-opted public health experts, have long been concerned about the relative lack of efficacy of the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine (the “P” in the trivalent DPT or TDaP) in actually preventing the disease even in fully vaccinated children. That reality has been effectively covered-up by the industry – with the help of the media.
    In every one of the periodic outbreaks of whooping cough that we hear about from time to time (ad nauseum), large percentages, sometimes even majorities, of the sick children have been found to have been fully vaccinated with the recommended series of three shots, which should have, theoretically, protected them. In very young infants (whose immune system, blood-brain barriers and upper windpipes are at their most immature), whooping cough is much more likely to be lethal, the mortality rate varying from less than 1% to as much as 5% (in impoverished, malnourished, neglected and/or chemically poisoned populations).
    Making the Mistake of Trying to “Keep up With the Joneses” in Brazil
    In Brazil, public health officials have been concerned with the nation’s rising incidence of whooping cough (it was approximately double that of its neighboring countries). Between January 2007 and December 2014, there were 24,612 confirmed cases of whooping cough (averaging 3000 per year, with only small numbers of microcephalic newborns spontaneously occurring).
    The actual annual incidence rates of whooping cough in Brazil between 2007 and 2010 ranged from a low of 0.32 cases per 100,000 to 0.75 per 100,000. Then, starting in 2011, there occurred increases, reaching 1.17 cases per 100,000 in 2011, 2.81 per 100,000 in 2012, 3.2 per 100,000 in 2013, and 3.25 per 100,000 in 2014 (which means that in the peak year, 2014, over 99,996 Brazilians out of every 100,000 didn’t contract whooping cough!)
    During the so-called “epidemic” period [2012 – 2014], the mean annual incidence rate for whooping cough was 2.6 cases per 100,000 population, compared with 0.51 per 100,000 in the period from 2007 through 2010, but the relative rate of increase was calculated to be a pseudo-alarming 500% rise (2.6/0.51 X 100% = 520% [!]) The overall case fatality rate among confirmed cases during the eight years of the study was 2.1 % (528 deaths in the 8 years studied out of the 24,612 confirmed cases).(Statistics above were taken from a medical journal article that was titled “Increasing Incidence of Pertussis in Brazil” (BMC Infect Dis. Oct 2015). Ironically, the article was published online the month before the microcephaly outbreak occurred! (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4619034/)
    Prior to the disastrous microcephaly outbreak that began in November 2015, the embarrassed Brazilian public health experts knew that Brazil’s high 90 – 95% infant vaccination rates among its infants were failing to eliminate, as promised, the occasional case of whooping cough (which, admittedly, can be fatal in very tiny infants, usually with pneumonia, encephalitis, dehydration, otitis, and malnutrition listed as contributory causes of death).
    So they decided on a drastic plan: inoculate all pregnant women with the DTaP vaccine, hoping that by doing so, the babies would come out of the womb automatically immunized to whooping cough – a scientifically absurd notion.
    The plan may have sounded plausible to the layperson. It may even have sounded plausible to a health science-oriented bureaucrat or perhaps even to an academic neuroscientist who might have financial conflicts of interest in not revealing what were the real villains in the outbreak. And of course, the plan looked like pure gold to Sanofi Pasteur (the largest corporation in the world devoted entirely to manufacturing and marketing vaccines) and to GlaxoSmithKline (the British mega-pharmaceutical corporation that would be getting the contract for the tens of millions of doses of aluminum-containing DTaP).
    No well-designed experimental studies were done beforehand to prove that such a strategy would work, much less be safe. But I suspect that there was an uncomfortable minority of (enlightened) Brazilian strategists who were aware of the known neuroscience concerning the emerging epidemic of vaccine-induced autoimmune disorders. However, being out-numbered, I suspect that they had to resort to crossing their fingers that this high-risk plan would work out.
    Crossing one’s fingers is lousy science.
    Anyway, in the spring of 2015, public health officials mandated DTaP vaccinations for all pregnant Brazilian women. The vaccine contained, not just the whooping cough antigen and aluminum, but also two totally unnecessary antigens that are supposed to (allegedly) prevent diphtheria and tetanus, two illnesses that, compared to whooping cough, are so rare in first world countries as to be non-existent.
    So since last year, clinics all over Brazil were injecting some form of DPT shots into pregnant women, despite the warnings from independent neuroscientists that such vaccines were known to be neurotoxic (poisonous to brain and nerve tissue), genotoxic (poisonous to DNA), mutagenic (capable of causing mutations) and generally fetotoxic (capable of poisoning fetuses, especially their brains and bones).
    Conflicts of Interest (and CYA) Keep Big Lies Going, But at What Cost?
    Quite often the need to preserve the reputations or wealth of powerful people or powerful industries takes precedence over the basic human needs of innocent people that may have been their victims. So when those entities are at risk of being humiliated when their greed and powerstious or guilty actions of the powerfulconflicts of interest are exposed, bad outcomes happen. This is true of Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Vaccine, Big Agribusiness, Big Chemistry, Big Food, Big Finance, Wall Street and the Pentagon.
    And, after understanding the facts as revealed above, Brazilian women of child-bearing age – as are all of us – are being kept in the dark about all the facts about what Jon Rappaport calls the Zika virus hoax. The perpetrators of the hoax include officials at the WHO, the CDC, the NIH, the FDA and every major news outlet that has a paid medical doctor doing such stories. They should be ashamed of themselves for missing the essential ingredients of this story and mis-leading everybody with either their willful ignorance or their bald-faced promulgation of the Big Lie.
    Rather than (irrationally) calling for a fast-tracked Zika virus vaccine against a benign mosquito virus that is the least likely to be the causative agent, these authorities have kept quiet about the really sensible thing to do until more is known: immediately stop vaccinating pregnant women with neurotoxic substances!
    Dr Kohls is a retired physician who practiced holistic, non-drug, mental health care for the last decade of his family practice career. He now writes a weekly column for the Reader Weekly, an alternative newsweekly published in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Many of Dr Kohls’ columns are archived at
    http://duluthreader.com/articles/categories/200_Duty_to_Warn.
    should be ashamed of themselves for missing the essential ingredients of this story and mis-leading everybody with either their willful ignorance or their bald-faced promulgation of the Big Lie.
    Rather than (irrationally) calling for a fast-tracked Zika virus vaccine against a benign mosquito virus that is the least likely to be the causative agent, these authorities have kept quiet about the really sensible thing to do until more is known: immediately stop vaccinating pregnant women with neurotoxic substances!
    Dr Kohls is a retired physician who practiced holistic, non-drug, mental health care for the last decade of his family practice career. He now writes a weekly column for the Reader Weekly, an alternative newsweekly published in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Many of Dr Kohls’ columns are archived at http://duluthreader.com/articles/categories/200_Duty_to_Warn.”

    I have also heard that there are dangerous chemical pesticides in that area which
    could be another causative factor why the malformations are ONLY in that area
    and other countries with zika do not have those malformations………..

    Always look where the monies are coming to…..at the risk of the people!

  24. I agree with Chuck Burton, The U.S. Olympic Committee should cancel its participation in the Rio Olympics. From all that I have read about the Zika contamination, this is an illness not to be second guessed. Try to find another location to hold the games.

  25. Mosquito born Dengue fever and malaria been killing people for a long time and none thought that an issue at all. Then Lyme’s disease at near epidemic proportions and not much done??? You have to wonder what the real agenda is or who’s calling the priorities ?

  26. The U.S. Olympic committee should set the mark, by cancelling its participation in the Rio Olympics. If a city or group of cities in the U.S., Europe or Asia have adequate facilities, they should offer themselves as an alternate site. Perhaps the U.N. could get several of the wealthier nations together to cover at least part of Brazil’s losses from their preparations. If the Olympics do go ahead, every person returning from that Brazil should be required to be tested for Zika contamination, so that they could receive treatment if needed. All baggage should be decontaminated in case infected mosquitos have stowed away.

  27. Cancel the games, it looks like Brazil will be involved in a civil war by then!

  28. Rio has not been the capital of Brazil since 1960. Brasilia, almost 500 miles north was built then to be capital and has been since. Martin Weiss has personal knowledge of this and would be a good reference for you.

  29. This whole thing sounds like another health scam to pour money into a “fight” that doesn’t exist. It is a boon for the health industry. They are already talking billions of dollars to fight this. If it is such a problem it would have been last year, the year before, the decade before. Brazil has been around a long time. Reminds me of the Swine Flu where huge amounts of money spent was sucked down the drain and the only people with Swine Flu were the people who were inoculated. Now you never hear of it. Defeated? BS.

    People who can afford to go to the Olympics can afford mosquito repellent. If bitten they will know it. They can afford to have themselves tested and take proper precautions.

  30. Gosh….so much manipulation with the Fed..the banks…commodities , general information to the public,and now of coourse, there is the Zika virus. Who benefits and who does not from all these machinations, Brad, and what have we all done to deserve living in this mental
    mental net of captivity ? Where have all our heroes gone ? ?

  31. I see no reason to put the rest of the world at risk. A greater relationship of love among humans has to supersede that which we possess for monetary gains. Come now humans let’s show our love for each other.

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Brad Hoppmann originally grew up in Florida, but has lived in Baltimore, Charlotte and New York as well throughout his career. Always an athlete, he played varsity football and water polo at the University of Florida and received All-SEC/SCC honors.