The Zika Virus: Facts; Impacts; and Solutions As Scientists Chase a New Killer Disease in the Americas and Beyond [4.3.16]


David Pearce, Senior Advisor, Skintex® MR III Technologies, Pulcra Chemicals

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Program Summary

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Our featured guest is:

· Show ‘1’:  David Pearce, Senior Advisor, Skintex® MR III Technologies, Pulcra Chemicals,

· Show ‘2’:  David Pearce, Senior Advisor, Skintex® MR III Technologies, Pulcra Chemicals,

· Show ‘3’:  David Pearce, Senior Advisor, Skintex® MR III Technologies, Pulcra Chemicals,

· Show ‘4’:  David Pearce, Senior Advisor, Skintex® MR III Technologies, Pulcra Chemicals.

Program Overview

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) the Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 with few to little human impacts. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Fast forward from relative obscurity Zika virus disease outbreaks were reported for the first time from the Pacific in 2007 and 2013 (Yap and French Polynesia, respectively), and in 2015 from the Americas (Brazil and Colombia) and Africa (Cabo Verde). In addition, more than 13 countries in the Americas and the United States have reported Zika virus infections indicating rapid geographic expansion of the Zika virus.

The United States Centers for Disease Control (U.S. CDC) reports the Zika virus is transmitted by the same daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus that carries dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile disease, and the chikungunya virus. Such mosquitoes are prevalent across most of southern United Sates, the Caribbean, Latin America, as well as the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Africa.  A mosquito bites an infected person and then passes those viruses to other people it bites. It has also now been proven to be spread through sexual contact and blood transfusions. 

Now declared an “International health emergency” by the WHO, there are increasing reports of the birth defect known as microcephaly by pregnant women with abnormally small head and brain size for babies and Guillain-Barré syndrome by adults, a condition in which the immune system attacks nerves following an infection, causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Links to other diseases or negative health impacts are becoming apparent through expanding scientific research. The Brazilian Ministry of Health reports throughout all of 2015 and up to the present, there have been more than 4,000 total new microcephaly cases that were suspected to be caused by Zika — more than 20 times higher than the numbers in prior years and some four million adults will be infected by the disease within the next 12 months in Brazil alone.  Puerto Rico alone is bracing for potentially thousands of infections among its pregnant women.  

Skintex® MRIII is a micro-encapsulated Permethrin hotfoot Technology. The micro-capsules open when the blanket is in use, which releases Permethrin. The result is a blanket that provides a knockdead/knockdown effect for insects when they land and/or feed.  And, it’s the only micro-encapsulation technology registered with the EPA to combat insects on textiles. The blanket fabric is a state of the art non-woven material with an architecture that combats insects ability to find a way to bite-through and feed.  Manufacturing is a proprietary high-speed continuous process that is very consistent. The process creates an intimate relationship between the non-woven fabric and the permethrin containing Skintex® MRIII micro-capsules.

The EPA has approved Skintex® MR III treated blankets and apparel for use. Lab testing was completed using third party labs and field trials were completed in Africa. All of the results have been outstanding: Biogents Independent Clinical Lab results can be reviewed by clicking here. The feedback from the small amount of people in Africa that has been so lucky to receive a Skintex® MRIII Blanket is that Skintex® MR III Blankets have a significant impact in the fight against mosquitoes.  With the Skintex® MR III Blanket’s performance in mind, many can experience its great benefits while at the same time help rid the world of malaria and other insect borne diseases.

The Skintex® MR III Blanket is also a great tool that can be used by families, even in countries where malaria is not present.  When placed on the ground under lawn chairs, the Skintex® MR III Blanket is effective at preventing mosquito bites and other types of insects from biting ankles and legs. Soccer moms use it at the field, football fans watch the game without being bothered by pesky insects, and camping is made more enjoyable.  In addition to the cover, the Skintex® MR III treatment can be applied to essentially any garment in the market: shirts, pants, hats, tick guards and so on. No matter the scenario, Skintex® MR III receives outstanding reviews for treated garments and gear.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV