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08/04/2016 - 5:23pm "Direct human-to-human

"Direct human-to-human transmission is another possible route of Zika virus infection. These routes notably include transmission from mother to child during pregnancy and sexual transmission from a man to a woman69. Other forms of human-to-human transmission scenarios also appear to exist70. Therefore, could sustained Zika virus transmission occur without mosquitoes and should this be a concern for further spread of the epidemic? Again, let’s use an example: an infected man returns home from the Games and has sex with his partner. There are numerous reports of Zika virus infection associated with sex with a man (or woman71) returning from an endemic region7274. Therefore, in this scenario, there is immediate risk to his partner. Importantly, however, in each of these reports, Zika virus spread was limited to just those single contacts. Thus, sex and other modes of direct contact with an infectious individual is highly unlikely to lead to sustained transmission in a new population. It has also been estimated that the role of sexual transmission in Brazil is minimal compared to mosquitoes75, and without mosquitoes, transmission would dissipate. The single most compelling piece of evidence to support that Zika virus is primarily mosquito-borne is that it is only known to occur in regions with Ae. aegypti67. Therefore, Zika virus is still considered to be primarily transmitted by mosquitoes and sexual transmission (or other yet-to-be-discovered human-to-human means of transmission) will likely not expand the expected range of the Zika virus epidemic."

08/04/2016 - 5:20pm Honestly, I would be freaking

Honestly, I would be freaking out too (there is something inherently scary about even the potential to cause harm to a baby, versus if it is just a risk to myself, i'm like "no big deal"). I am going to test myself several times to make sure that there is NO Zika virus in my semen. So, I'd stress this importance to your doctor to get tested when you get back - unfortunately that is the only way to know. My email is linked to the article, send me a message if you have questions in the future. There may be private clinics that will offer testing.

08/04/2016 - 5:01pm See another post below.

See another post below. December should be okay but stick with the current CDC advisories. I have mostly agreed with them up to this point.

08/04/2016 - 4:59pm 1) december should probably

1) december should probably be fine. Ask again in November.

2) That's tough. I travel to these places a lot for work AND my wife and I are wanting about having another baby in the next couple of years. Luckily, I can [cough cough] test myself to see if I could give Zika virus to my wife. You are right that if you did get infected, likely you wont have symptoms. Hopefully with more research we can give more specific advice as to how long to wait. 2-3 months waiting is a good idea at this time.  

08/04/2016 - 4:38pm don't put too much stock into

don't put too much stock into "opinion" and "peer review" in this case. We published it here instead of a big journal so that it would be open access and immediately available. This journal, F1000, only allows "Review" articles to be submitted by invitation. Instead, they told us to publish as an "opinion" as a work-around because they wanted it. Peer review for articles like these will not likely result in much change (not like they will suggest new experiments). So in my expert opinion, these are the facts. 

08/04/2016 - 4:33pm They are a formidable

They are a formidable opponent.

08/04/2016 - 4:31pm I know, isn't it great!

I know, isn't it great!

08/04/2016 - 4:30pm Zika virus is not likely to

Zika virus is not likely to cause severe disease in adults - but that is not the issue. LOTS of new evidence shows that Zika virus alone can cause microcephaly. Is this a new feature of the virus? Probably not. Could other factors, such as a toxin, also be involved? Yes. But there is no evidence to support pyriproxyfen is causing microcephaly, only over-speculation.

08/04/2016 - 4:04pm By "shed" I am assuming that

By "shed" I am assuming that you mean "no longer infectious". We don't really know, it can be detected in the semem for 50+ days. I'd wait 2-3 months to be safe.

08/04/2016 - 4:01pm Actually, most of the article

Actually, most of the article is not about the Olympics, but it may become irrelevant anyways as new info becomes available.

08/04/2016 - 3:59pm Not all of the data is from

Not all of the data is from Brazil and most of it comes from Universities and public health organizations. There is, however, lots of estimation going on. 

08/04/2016 - 3:57pm 1) The epidemic is severe

1) The epidemic is severe becuase over the last couple of years, and going into the future, lots of people have/will become infected (like 1-2 million, or more). About 1% of babies born from women who get infected in their first trimester will develop a severe pathology. At any given time the risk is really low for a person to become infected. It's all about how long you are exposed to the risk. If you like in Brazil, you are exposed for a long time and will likely get infected at some point. For three weeks in the winter, probably not.

2) Entire population using measures of expected numbers of infections. So not just for the horrible outcomes.

3) More numbers of infected people at one time. No Zika virus outbreak before now included more than ~20,000-30,000 people. It's likely about 1,000,000 in the Americas. Rare events become apparent with lots of infections. Plus, retrospectively people are associating microcephaly and GBS with past outbreaks. 

08/04/2016 - 3:49pm I am actually trying to

I am actually trying to sequence Zika virus from the clinical cases in Florida to see if they really are locally aquired. If it is, then there could be a small outbreak (100-1000s) in Miami. The risk is very low for any one person over the span of a week. I'd go there and not be worried, but i would not send my pregenant wife.

08/04/2016 - 3:46pm You are correct. That is just

You are correct. That is just my general caveat about the risks of Zika infection for pregnant women because the consequences can be so severe. Sitting in your home in the US (unless you are in South Florida), you essentially have a zero risk of Zika virus infection. Go to Brazil, and it is still really low, but why risk it? 

08/04/2016 - 3:42pm They are removing water from

They are removing water from their blood meal so they can take in more. 

10/17/2012 - 11:27am 45-3 Blue
345 yards rushing

45-3 Blue

345 yards rushing

10/10/2012 - 10:08am Michigan of course

Michigan of course


10/10/2012 - 10:08am 38-3


04/01/2012 - 10:17am We are at 59% now

We are at 59% now

02/19/2012 - 12:10am I'm afraid to go to bed.

I'm afraid to go to bed.

01/19/2012 - 6:37pm If true

If true, this will end of the most frusterating and confusing recruitments that i can recall (from a fans prespective) but with a very happy ending.

01/15/2012 - 5:26pm MSU vs Iowa

I think that Iowa's class should be ranked higher than MSU's.  Iowa has 4 more commits and 2 more consensus 4*'s.  I know that MSU's averages are higher and they have the advantage with better recruits in the bottom half of the class, but I'd still rather take Iowa's. 

Not that it matters, just a thought.

01/14/2012 - 10:28am Our chances with top prospects, per Rivals:

Tim Sullivan article (

Garnet: 50% chance of landing

Grant: 60%

Reeves: 30%

Diamond: 20%

Kozan: 18% (No. 30 offensive tackle and No. 239 prospect overall in the country by Rivals)

Madaris: 10% (No. 55 wideout in the nation)


Yuri Wright and Kenneth Crawley (Tenn decommit), both tall, high ranked CBs.

Back-up option at OL:

Dan Gibbs: (2* 6-7, 332 lb OT) most likely would commit if offered, could still walk-on 

11/27/2011 - 3:22pm Thanks for the scouting report

Thanks for the scouting report MaizeAndBlueWahoo and sorry about the VT loss.  I was actually at that game (of course while listening to The Game on my portable radio).  On the plus side UVa won in tailgating! 

Had this UVa/UM game circled on my calendar since they announced it.  I live in DC and my girlfriend is a UVa grad.  I've been to Charlottesville  many times but this will be my first time going to a UVa basketball game.  Look for the crazy guy decked out in maize with an embarrassed girlfriend.

10/29/2011 - 11:25am agreed.

I do not mind Woolfolk at safety but I hate having whoever comes in to replace him when he goes down. 

10/15/2011 - 12:48pm Buffalo Billiards

Though not always my favorite bar, good MI sport friendly place in DC.

10/15/2011 - 11:49am There are a bunch of us here!

Where you watching the game?

10/15/2011 - 11:45am Pop Evil? Really?

Of all the pump up videos you posted this one?  Sorry, not to be mean, but change it quick!


08/06/2011 - 8:55am Patrick is the most magical,

Patrick is the most magical, beautiful man I've ever seen.  And JT is the committiest and dreadiest.. 

08/01/2011 - 11:14pm Also Army

Army gives me a pay check.  But I secretly cheer for Navy.

08/01/2011 - 11:08pm Shock the Chips

Never seen a "Dip the Chips" sign, but I've seen "Shock the Chips" written on a foam hand shaped like a shocker.

08/01/2011 - 11:06pm WMU, JHU, UVA

I'm a 2005 Western Michigan grad.  They had a losing season every year that I was there.  But still gotta cheer for them when they are not playing UM. 

Also a 2011 Johns Hopkins grad, though they are D3, still fun to watch.  They were 8-3 last year and 20th in the preseason poll.  Never have to worry about cheering against them versus UM.

Fiancé is a Virginia grad.  So I pretend to be a fan.

07/25/2011 - 8:35pm Holy Jebus do I wish this was

Holy Jebus do I wish this was real football.

07/25/2011 - 8:32pm Okay, now he makes a big play

Okay, now he makes a big play to prevent a TD.

07/25/2011 - 8:28pm T-Rich

Haven't seen much of T-Rich in this game, but when I have it’s been a big receiver catching a ball over top of him.  Wish he was a couple inches taller.  Has anyone seen any good plays by him?  Not saying he hasn't had them, just haven't seen them.  Though these events do not usually make DBs look good.

07/25/2011 - 8:15pm only down 8 now

21-14 southwest

EDIT: premature 21-13, missed extra point pass

07/25/2011 - 8:13pm Ron Thompson

A couple of big completions in a row to Ron Thompson.  He moves pretty well for a big guy with a bit of a gut.  More importantly, it looks like he has sure hands.  Really wish we had room for him as a TE, H-back, or whatever.

07/25/2011 - 7:53pm Southwest 21 Midwest 7 at the half

Southwest 21 Midwest 7 at the half.  Morris 10 of 17, 136 yards, 1 TD.

07/25/2011 - 7:36pm Morris 4 for 9

Morris is only 4 for 9 thus far, looking a bit shaky, but man does he have an arm.  I would hate to be the one to catch those passes.

07/25/2011 - 7:31pm Midwest down 21-0

Midwest down 21-0 with 9:22 left in the first half.  Not a good start.

05/01/2011 - 7:26pm see my post on page 3

According to Tom Beaver via  scout thread: answer is no

05/01/2011 - 12:20pm News from Scout

Picked these up from a Scout thread:

Trieu confirmed not Thompson or Godinon.  But i see that was already assumed.  He also said news would most likely come on Monday, but it could come as early as Sunday.

Tom Beaver:

all will be explained soon enough

sorry -- it's not that we want to do it this way, sometimes it works out that way

this is NOT the silent-merely-moved-up-earlier

(but it's not Pike)


11/28/2010 - 10:24am I hate that The Game is the

I hate that The Game is the weekend after thanksgiving and had to watch it at my girlfriends parent's house in Virginia (we stay there for the thanksgiving weekend, go to Michigan for christmas).  I hate that I had to watch that damned game in some back room because they were watching the UVA vs VT game.  I hate Uncle Jerry that kept telling people that I was talking to myself and scaring the dog.  I hate that i couldn't break anything because it wasn't my damn house.  I hate that I was told "oh its just a game."

I love your rant about Herby!  Funny as hell.  And with Desmond posing at the end, gives me a priceless mental picture.

Well done sir, well done.

09/18/2010 - 1:26am which is which?

which is which?

09/18/2010 - 1:23am ?

isn't a whip-poor-will a nighthar?  Or is it a french soccer player that pretends it is hurt?

09/17/2010 - 1:45pm UNDER and NO, I hope I am wrong

I have UNDER for all of them and a NO on the freshman interception (am I lame for picking negative on everything?  I see lots of runs for our RBs but no huge game for any one (but decent all around).

09/17/2010 - 9:48am So when are you changing your MGoUserName?

So when are you changing your MGoUserName?

09/17/2010 - 9:43am DENARD ROBINSON!!! hype

I read some of the comments on the OSU board.  Its funny how they are attacking all of the UM fans for the DENARD ROBINSON!!! hype, but really it was the likes of ESPN and other TV media outlets that are creating it.  I think we all understand that it has only been two games and winning in the B10 has yet to be seen, but still nobody has been better than DENARD ROBINSON!!! this year.  So bring on the hype monster, OSU fans are just pissed that it took TP so long to produce.

09/11/2010 - 2:20pm New T-Shirt needed ASAP

As much as I like Martin depicted as the Hulk, we need a t-shirt with the cookie monster in a 68 jersey eating little ND shapped cookies.  Lets get cracken on this ASAP please.

09/11/2010 - 8:40am excellent work, both of ya. 

excellent work, both of ya.  Though at that age, that song would make me affraid of the cookie monster.