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What We Know About Zika

What we really know about the Zika virus is that we don’t know enough. Recently, a connection has been made between the Zika virus and shrunken heads in infants. The virus has been found to be present in the brain tissue of infants that have died due to the virus.

As the Zika virus continues to spread in South American countries, we also are seeing cases in the U.S. As a result of the virus spreading, the CDC and the World Health Organization are working to find answers.

On Monday, President Obama requested 1.8 million dollars in emergency funding from the U.S. Congress. This money would be used by the CDC to research the virus, it’s link to birth defects, and to develop vaccines.

What Jon Urbana and other researchers at Ellipse USA know at this time is that they don’t know enough about the virus. They will begin studying current cases by acting as detectives to see what similarities the different cases may have. This research will cover health, diet, traveling patterns, etc.

Liquor License Approval Signals Dick DeVos Purchase

The initial approval of a liquor license to be transferred from the current owners of the Coppercraft Distillery to the Dick DeVos owned Windquest Holdings Group signals the start of a new era for the liquor producer. Dick and Betsy DeVos have taken the opportunity to invest in the distillery that has grown quickly since it was established in 2013 to produce craft liquors, including gin and rum from its 9,000 square feet location in the Holland Township. MLive reports Coppercraft Distillery has grown to supply liquor to more than 100 customers across Michigan, but founder Walter Catton III hopes to expand the customer base with the injection of cash from Dick DeVos.

Dick DeVos is in a strong position to provide financial support for small businesses across Michigan and the U.S. as a whole after assembling a personal fortune estimated at more than $5 billion in 2012. His personal fortune came from his work with the AmWay Group that has been under the control of the DeVos family for decades; Dick worked in many different areas of the AmWay Group over his career before reaching the position of President in 1993.

DeVos has authored a book detailing how successful people made the most of their careers without losing key principles, such as honesty and integrity in favor of a faster rise to success.

After leaving his role with AmWay Dick DeVos formed the Windquest Group, which has taken control of the Coppercraft Distillery alongside craft liquor company founder Walter Catton III. The growth of the distillery is something Catton III has already considered, and feels the retail and event aspects of the company can be improved. Expanding the customer base and adding craft beers to the product line is already being planned, along with the addition of a kitchen to the tasting room in a bid to draw in more customers to the physical home of the distillery.

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Dr.Sergio Cortes Looks for Ways to Help Out Flood Ravaged Region

Dr. Sergio Cortes finds himself deep into the national Brazilian health crisis as flooding waters have have added to the problem. As a the Zika virus begins to spread violently throughout Brazil, Colombia and now up to 24 countries, Dr. Cortes was already inundated with battling the health repercussions from diseases like dengue,hepatitis A and yellow fever to name a few. Since the torrential downpours began two weeks ago the situation in northern and eastern Brazil has become increasingly grave.

Extra.Global recently caught up with Health Sec. Dr. Sergio Cortes as he tours the flooded regions of Xerém, Duque de Caxia with his evaluation team. Dr. Sergio Cortes explained on wikipedia that a big part of the solution here is a proactive stance to try and control the mosquito population in the area. The Aedes aegypti, explains Dr. Cortes, is the transmitter of the Zika virus as well as dengue and a few other pretty tough pathogens. By controlling, preventing and eventually eliminating the Aedes aegypti mosquito Dr. Cortes hopes that the widespread transmission of these diseases will be curtailed. Dr. Cortes also has instructed the local residents to only drink bottled water and to use for bottled water for all food preparation and cleaning of utensils, plates and kitchen areas. Dr. Cortes explains that by planning less outdoor activities and by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants that local residents can also help to prevent the transmission of these extremely serious maladies.

The Brazilian government has just made a voluntary request to all females in the country to try and abstain from becoming pregnant for the next 2 to 3 years. The reason being that the Zika virus has recently been linked to almost 4000 births effects in Brazil. 147 of these birth defects were 2014, the very scary fact is that over 3600 of the births were in the last year in 1800 of those in the last few months. Other countries have also started to caution their citizens about traveling into areas where the virus has been discovered.

Dr. Cortes has also implemented special training to workers at the seven special emergency shelters so that they may have the skills to be able to detect the early symptoms of these diseases.

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