I highly doubt these measures will help. Most of these whales are gravely ill and once they get entangled it’s like dead leaves caught in a sewer grate.
The truth: Two whales (out of 15 at the time) died from entanglements.
I highly suspect these whales consumed inordinate amounts of Wolbachia by co-ingestion / secondary predation or were infected via mouth abrasions or by Culex spp.
To be fair, I do not doubt that Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus suppresses viruses. But here’s the crucial point:
You know, our emissions aren’t nearly as bad as what’s being touted, yet we apparently need a Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.
Until Culex are acknowledged as Zika vectors and birds (esp. red-whiskered and red-vented bulbuls) are investigated as reservoir / amplifying hosts of Zika, nothing will change in Florida, Houston, or southeast Asia. These regions (and soon, southern California) will be hotbeds of infection for years to come.
I saw a few glaring omissions on the Wikipedia page called “Zika fever” so I added crucial information with citations. However, within three hours, every study I cited was removed. And, I filmed it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2ZuG12yM0E&t
I was in the queue today waiting to ask a question, actually. Most of the questions the CDC had were regarding the data, the actual numbers of pregnant women, that sort of thing.
Zika cases have not dropped off worldwide, it’s just that cases in rich countries have not been as affected as in poorer countries. Women all over the world are seeking abortions at alarming rates. And Canadian snowbirds who spend months in Florida pose a true risk to the rest of us who remain in Canada.
I wrote to…