No Funding On Zika Eradication — Shame On You Congress
August 11, 2016
week two cases of Zika Virus were confirmed in our area.
Both cases involved people who had recently traveled outside
the United States, otherwise the two cases were unrelated.
took its summer break recently without making a decision
to finance a bill which would provide over $1 billion to
fight the spread of the virus nationwide.
will be in their home districts seeking reelection making
it highly unlikely there will be any decision on a bill
before the national elections are over.
it time to let them know how serious this disease is and
how important it is to do something now, rather than later.
of the first of the month, there have been 114 Zika cases
in the San Joaquin Valley and 1,658 cases reported in the
people have the Zika Virus without even knowing it. It’s
symptoms can be very mild, but when pregnant women are infected,
the virus can have a disastrous effect on a new born child.
first Zika Virus cases were identified in Brazil in early
2015. The virus was being carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito
which is present here in the San Joaquin Valley.
San Joaquin Valley has been known as an ideal breeding ground
for mosquitoes and local counties set up Mosquito Abatement
Districts to fight the pest.
of these districts, the mosquitoes in our area have remained
under control, but this is the first time that the local
district has had to deal with the Zika Virus.
Bondi, assistant manager of the Merced Mosquito Abatement
District said, “We don’t want to allow mosquitoes
carrying the Zika Virus to get a foothold in our area.”
He said that the Department of Public Health was assisting
the local district, not financially, but with the latest
eradication is very important,” Bondi said.
and eradication of the mosquito is an ongoing job, and testing
to see how many mosquitoes are carrying the Zika Virus increases
the importance of that job as well as the cost.
should not have taken a recess without passing an emergency
bill which would have funded immediate measures to fight
the spread of the mosquitoes carrying the Zika Virus.
or call your congressman and demand the passage of an emergency
bill now, even if it means disrupting the summer recess.
is too important to wait.