Zika virus: Conspiracy theories about GMO mosquitoes and intentional infection spread as fears of disease grow

Many of the conspiracy theories are wild and obviously untrue — but they could still lead to people dying

The Zika virus is currently being treated as an international emergency, and is spreading explosively across the world. But as with all major, terrifying events, misinformation and conspiracies is being spread quickly too.

Many of the biggest conspiracy theories are familiar: a shadowy network is spreading the virus, or people are being intentionally left to die.

But they can also have terrible effects. Many of the stories being spread demonise genuine efforts to get work done, and so could lead directly to people dying or the virus spreading further.

Zika was not spread as a population control mechanism

The virus was not genetically engineered by the Rothschilds or the Rockefellers

Or by another company called Oxitec, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

But there are genetically engineered mosquitoes in Brazil

The virus wasn’t created so that pharmaceutical companies could sell a vaccine or cure

Microcephaly has not been conclusively proven to be related to the virus — but it probably is

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