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Zika Hits Florida—Avoid Travel to Affected Areas Warns CDC

If only there were a technology that could reduce the numbers of these deadly mosquitoes

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The Florida Department of Health has now identified 14 locally transmitted cases of Zika virus infection in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The Centers for Disease Control has issued an advisory urging pregnant women and women who plan to become pregnant soon to avoid traveling to this part of South Florida. The CDC is also urging that pregnant women and their partners who live in or have traveled to this area use condoms to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, the agency is suggests that all pregnant women in the United States should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit.

According to STAT, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that this is the first time the CDC had issued a health-related travel advisory for the mainland United States. STAT further reported that Frieden also observed that …

…despite aggressive efforts by Florida to lower populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the main species that spreads Zika — the state has seen no reduction in the numbers caught in the traps it sets. That suggests the efforts aren't working.

Frieden offered several explanations, including the possibility that the mosquitoes may have developed resistance to the chemicals being used to control them. Testing to see if that is the case will take at least a week and perhaps three or more.

If only there were a technology that could reduce the numbers of these deadly mosquitoes. Wait a minute—there is!

"Friendly" GMO mosquitoes could spread a gene that is lethal to the larva of the disease-carrying mosquitoes. In Brazil, the release of these genetically-modified mosquitoes reduced the transmission of dengue fever by more than 90 percent. Last week, the Cayman Islands government approved the release of the GMO mosquitoes to control Zika virus there. Unfortunately, this technology is not approved for use in the United States because FDA regulators are kowtowing to the fearmongering of anti-biotech activists.

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  1. Frankenflies!

  2. In the FDA’s defense, it will be very difficult for anyone to tell if a bunch of Florida babies are born retarded.

    1. ‘Hold my beer and watch this’.

    2. “Microcephalic Florida Man Gets Head Stuck In Vending Machine”

      1. “Microcephalic Florida Man Wearing Sock Mask Robs Bank”

    3. Florida-born babies are fine. The real idiots are the ones who move down here from up north.

  3. NIMBY with your GMO mosquitos. They’re going to bite my children and turn them into blood-sucking proggie parasites just like how Spiderman was made!

    1. Don’t worry, they’ll have a full ride at F.S.U.

      1. This divisive rhetoric is how you end up with a purple state and chads hanging low like the flaccid penis the state resembles.

      2. Whereas the Zika babies will fit right in at UF.

  4. Gators,huge bugs,huge snakes,huge storms and Florida man. Tell me again why people move there?

    1. Never been, have you? A lot of the people I’ve met who moved here are New Yorkers. For them, the taxes are lower, cost of living is lower, weather is warmer.

      1. “weather is warmer.”

        You can say THAT again!

      2. I spent a week there in the late winter once. Stayed in Sarasota. Had a nice time,good weather. Played golf and spent a day in the Everglades.. Rode the air boat .Ate lots of sea food. It was a open air old folks home though..The beaches were very nice.

      3. I like Florida all right. There’s a lot of difference throughout the state. Seems like everywhere has good and bad, I guess. Just depends on what you’re looking for.

      4. So the lovely two-week heat wave we just enjoyed lasts all year long? Sign me up!

        1. Depends on what part of Florida. The heat wave can be anywhere from 4-8 months depending on your latitude.

    2. Today at lunch I drove 15 minutes and swam in the gulf. Clear water, no chop. I can do that Marijch thru November. And only sales tax.

      1. Send me a message sometime…haven’t been on FB lately.

  5. RE: Zika Hits Florida – Avoid Travel to Affected Areas Warns CDC

    Obviously this is an incorrect report.
    The CDC has received millions if not billions of dollars from the taxpayers during the past few decades, and since there is a definite co-relationship between money spent and cure found, I’m sure the CDC just misplaced the cure for Zika virus and will find it soon enough.
    We just have to be patient.
    More money solves all problems.

    1. Actually, there’s a Zika vaccine in the works. It’s being made by private drug companies though, not the CDC.

      link

      1. What does the word “sarcasm” mean?

        1. I dunno but it sounds like something the CDC should be working on.

        2. Not what you think, apparently.

      2. It’s being made by private drug companies though, not the CDC.

        Somebody stop them! They’re only in it for the profits! Gaia would not approve.

  6. Zika Hits Florida – Avoid Travel to Affected Areas Warns CDC

    So… avoid Florida?

    1. Sadly, that also includes “Brazil”.

  7. “If only there were a technology that could reduce the numbers of these deadly mosquitoes”

    I’ll see if I can get Jake Roberts on the phone.

  8. Ha…I’m here in Tallahassee having a drink out back on the deck. The mosquitos have been BRUTAL lately.

    The good citizens of Key Haven, Florida (a long way from here) seem unlikely to approve the release of GMO mosquitos. Maybe I can get them to let a few thousand loose here.

    1. I’m in Tally, too. Here on the south side it’s been so dry, there are almost no mosquitos.

      1. I’ve been getting one of those showers just about every day. Haven’t had to water my flower beds much at all, which suits me.
        I’m close to Lake Ella.

        1. My grass has actually gone crunchy and brown with the heat and no rain. Most of my in-ground plants are pretty drought tolerant and are OK. Hopefully in August the rain will kick in for me.

          1. Here in Fort Myers we have had pretty steady rains. We got 2.5″ on Sunday and another half inch yesterday. The summer weather pattern is actually pretty much back to normal after the last year or so.

    2. I’ve averaged 0 -2 mosquito bites per year since moving to Tucson.

      We’ve had four straight days of monsoon rains, so I might pick up my first one of 2016 in the next week or so.

      1. Living in Tucson is worse than having Zika.

        1. It may be 425?, but at least it’s a dry heat.

    3. Up here in the Catskills, we had hot and humid all week, and then it rained on the weekend. 🙁

      And I’ve got a woodchuck taunting me in the back yard.

      1. I’m in NYC and we’ve finally dropped to the low seventies but the goddamn humidity is still unreal.

  9. Makin some DDT in the bathtub. Who wants some?

    1. I just buy mine at New Leaf Market.

    2. Actually, I thought that was the technology Ron was referring to.

      1. Me too. Does it work on Zikaflies?

    3. Drambuie Dewars and a Twist of Lemon?

  10. In other words, time to panic everybody.

  11. The delay by the FDA worsens the the Zika problem therefore “justifying” the increase in funding for the CDC. Meanwhile they blame the Republicans for babies with tiny heads. Its a win win for the dems.

  12. No joke, swear to whomever. You want mosquitos to avoid you, invest in a chicken. Chickens love to eat mosquitos and apparently the little buggers know that. The smell of a chicken, a LIVE chicken 😉 will drive them off faster than just about anything.

    A little farmboy pro tip for you fine folks.

  13. It isn’t that long ago that Yellow Fever and Malaria were common in the US. When I was young there were still areas of the country that had massive mosquito eradication efforts to wipe out these diseases. Fog trucks dispensing DDT would drive up and down the streets on a regular basis in mosquito season. Airplanes would spray DDT over wide areas to control the pests.

    I find it a little bit surprising that Florida and the CDC haven’t moved more aggressively on mosquito control. It isn’t just Zika. We have chikungunya, west nile and every reason to expect a return of malaria, dengue, yellow fever… I’m not sure what they are waiting for. I know we have a new environmental sensitivity, but c’mon. Lots of people are going to suffer lots of harm because of these diseases.

    Last year around 1,400 people were reported to the CDC with confirmed cases of meningitis or encephalitis due to West Nile Virus. Chickengunya hasn’t crossed over here yet, but it is widely expected to become endemic and spread quickly soon. (west nile has been found in 48 states, only 16 years after the first reported case).

    I think it should be pretty easy to justify an aggressive mosquito control policy. We already have a department for that down here. They’ll come out and spray your property on request. I wonder what the hold-up is on blanketing the areas where zika carriers have been identified?

    1. Yep, Florida panhandle in the 70’s. Had the DDT trucks cruising my neighborhood regularly.

  14. If it saves even one life…

    Oops. Never mind.

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