Consider this for a second. Supposedly, “science” has proven without any shadow of a doubt that humans are causing the climate to change globally which will cause disaster and calamity. In fact, climate change is even blamed for the rise of Middle East unrest. College students are demanding “climate justice” – (just between you and me, I had no idea the weather was experiencing discrimination and unfair profiling, but what do I know?) and attorneys general in several states (most notably California) are trying to criminalize those who refuse to agree the climate is changing – because clearly the “science” is irrefutable.
So how is it our brilliant scientific community can be caught flat-footed by a virus?
The Zika virus is named for the Zika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947. Zika is related to dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses and since the 1950s, has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. Starting in about 2007 the virus began spreading eastward, across the Pacific Ocean to the Americas, where it is currently reaching pandemic levels.
Now, since it’s finally reaching our shores, there is a demand for diagnostic testing, a vaccine, treatment and of course GOVERNMENT FUNDING! President Obama has already called for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the disease.
The primary concern about Zika is that it can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and cause smaller than normal brain development (microcephaly) severe brain malformations, and other birth defects. It is otherwise not fatal, and while primarily spread from mosquitoes, now can also apparently be spread through sexual activity.
Yahoo News reports “Mosquitoes that can transmit the Zika virus have been found to live in nearly all U.S. states, according to maps released this week by authorities trying to assess the public health threat. The maps show the two breeds of virus-carrying mosquitoes, the yellow fever and the Asian tiger mosquito, can live in the nation’s northernmost states of Michigan, New Hampshire, Washington state and Minnesota, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
This first map shows where the yellow fever mosquitoes are found.
The second shows the Asian tiger mosquito.
And this final map shows were Zika cases have been found.
But just for peace of mind, remember how scary Ebola was? Do you remember how many people died in the U.S. from contracting Ebola? Two. Since 2014, not a single person has contracted and died from Ebola in the United States.
But in the words of Rahm Emmanuel, we should “never let a good crisis go to waste.” I’m sure the Obama administration can find SOMETHING to do with that $1.8 billion.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]