Tag Archives: Zika

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Venezuela Poses Health Risk in the Americas

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: March 11, 2019
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The economic and political dimensions of Venezuela’s collapse have dominated headlines, but the country is also being undermined by a healthcare crisis that could spread to all of Latin America. The situation in Venezuela demonstrates how failed government and economic collapse can lead to the unchecked spread of infectious disease, creating headaches across a region […]

Zika, Climate Change & January 25

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: January 9, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary - Zika

On December 30, as 2018 drew to an end, NBC’s Meet the Press aired an entire program on the climate change crisis, well worth watching (https://www.nbc.com/meet-the-press/video/meet-the-press-1230/3850857). Host Chuck Todd gave no air time to climate change denialism. Instead, the episode plunged into analyzing the crisis at hand, what might be done, what impediments slow our […]

CDC Foundation President Dr. Judy Monroe

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: August 18, 2018
CDC Foundation Dr Judy Monroe & David Kotok

For the children of Zika and their parents, Zika’s impact will never abate. Journalist Mauricio Savarese reports for the AP from Brazil: “Today, some of the children born during the outbreak are trying school for the first time — in very limited capacities — while others have died or are struggling to survive, hindered by health and developmental problems.”

Zika Update

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: July 13, 2018

For the children of Zika and their parents, Zika’s impact will never abate. Journalist Mauricio Savarese reports for the AP from Brazil: “Today, some of the children born during the outbreak are trying school for the first time — in very limited capacities — while others have died or are struggling to survive, hindered by health and developmental problems.”

Zika Update: Brace for Resurgence

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: November 1, 2017
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary - Zika

Back in 2013 a mild virus nobody paid much attention to underwent one small mutation: A single amino acid (serine) was replaced by another (asparagine), according to Chinese scientists who recently published their research in the journal Science (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/09/28/zika-was-a-mild-bug-a-new-discovery-shows-how-it-turned-monstrous). With that one change, Zika began to deal horrific damage to developing human brains. Zika became […]

Zika Update

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: July 1, 2017

For two years, we have been following the Zika virus outbreak and the failure of the US government to protect its own citizens, let alone demonstrate world leadership. In total, by the time Congress managed to pass a stopgap spending bill for the fight against Zika in September 2016, more than 23,000 individuals in the […]

Zika Update

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: March 8, 2017

We open this commentary with a link to a column by Nicholas Kristof entitled, “However Much Trump Spends on Arms, We Can’t Bomb Ebola”:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/however-much-trump-spends-on-arms-we-cant-bomb-ebola.html. We can’t bomb Zika, either. We continue to track all types of shock risks, including Zika. Right now I am traveling to three places in South America. All meetings are […]

Cuba & Zika

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: October 16, 2016

I’m in Cuba and have been meeting with doctors and others to learn what the situation is here with regard to Zika. I’ve visited a daycare center and a rural community and been briefed on mosquito control. What I’m learning is eye-opening. Cuba has 3.5 times the population of Puerto Rico. While Puerto Rico has […]

Zika, Cuba, American Politics

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: October 4, 2016

“Why is Zika so important that you write about it often?” I have gotten that question many times. An update on the Zika situation follows. But first let me offer an explanation as to why I write about it. I believe that health issues and disease threats offer us the chance to assess the functioning […]