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Zika, Climate Change & January 25

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: January 9, 2019
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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 […]

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
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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 […]

Answering a FAQ on Zika Vote

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: September 7, 2016

We thank many readers for their emails and messages about yesterday’s Zika comments and today’s report of the Senate vote. One frequent question about the technical structure of the vote may warrant some additional notes. The Senate vote was on the “Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2577” (the Military […]

Zika, Congress, and Damaged Lives

Author: David Kotok, Post Date:

Dear readers, here is what a microcephaly case looks like: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/americas/brazil-zika-babies-uncertain-future/index.html. The Senate failed to reach cloture when it voted again yesterday on the Zika bill. As last time, the majority party voted “aye.” The minority party, led by Senator Harry Reid, voted “nay.” The obstacles of not allowing Planned Parenthood to utilize Zika funds […]

Zika 4

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: September 6, 2016

After squandering months in partisan bickering and brinksmanship over Zika – and indulging in a two-month summer vacation – Congress goes back to work today. In the meantime, since Congress adjourned on July 15, the number of pregnant women in the US and its territories who are known to have contracted Zika has grown from […]

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