Monday, February 15, 2016

Russian Zika, Hawaiian Dengue...Jamaican Reggae?

We have reached the point where mosquito-borne diseases are no longer stuck in the places they came from.

For example, the birth deformation-linked Zika virus has now been detected in Russia
"The first infection with Zika has been recorded. This is a 36-year old Russian woman who was in the Dominican Republic and came back to the Russian Federation in February," Skvortsova told reporters at a UN briefing on Russia's Ebola vaccine.
Meanwhile, the spectre of Zika and the confirmed presence dengue fever have created a state of emergency in Hawaii.
There have been no locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus in Hawaii, Ige said in a news conference Friday. But there's concern that the islands could be at risk because mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever also can carry the Zika virus.
How are governments supposed to fight the spread of diseases like these?

Well, Hawaiian officials have one strategy.
Hawaii is rushing to build up its mosquito control staff after a December report from the Centers for Disease Control highlighted deficiencies in the state's vector control department. The state slashed its mosquito control and entomology staff during the economic downturn, from 56 employees in 2009 to 25 positions in 2016. Health officials are now searching for funding to rebuild the staff, and the Department of Health plans to hire 10 new staffers with money the governor released, said Virginia Pressler, director of department, on Friday.
Jamaican officials have another.

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