“Zika Virus – A Danger Looms”
Zika was first identified in 1947 in Africa. In 2013, it moved to French Polynesia, but was not known to cause severe disease. As the months passed, an increasing number of newborns with microcephaly (pin head) and retardation was observed. These children had severe inhibition of brain development, a triangular face and no forehead. Skull x-rays revealed calcium deposits and huge areas of undeveloped brain tissue. Zika has now arrived in America and officials have taken the unprecedented move to restrict travel into a specific region of Miami. Miami and Orlando turn out to be the best airports of entry for the virus. Brownsville does not get a mention, because it does not have a major airport. Four months ago, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed to a map that showed the virus blanketing half the U.S. by mid-summer. Earnest said, “The map behind me is a graphic illustration of the need for immediate congressional action,” urging Congress to heed President Barack Hussein Obama’s 3-month-old request to pump $1.9 billion in emergency aid to fight Zika.