Did you miss me?

It would be a world-class understatement to tell you that I’ve been busy lately. I’ve traveled from one side of the planet to the other and back. I’ve been chasing viruses and bacteria wherever that three-lettered health organization has needed me, and I’m exhausted. So I’m back home to recoup before heading out into the cruel, cruel world again as the freelance epidemiologist I’ve become.

Before I go sip on some tea and watch a movie or two on HBO, I wanted to tell you that the Zika outbreak in the Caribbean seems to be waning. Don’t be fooled, however. The mosquitoes are there, and so are the people. Sexual transmission is likely ongoing, so this lull in activity is only temporary. Zika will come back soon enough, and it’s going to make a mess of things. Just wait until it gets hot in the South.

When that happens, we’re going to have ourselves a good, old-fashioned, all-American outbreak. You know the type? Where politicians don’t know what to do and only do the wrong thing? Especially with Trump in the White House. I’m getting the popcorn ready.

Next time, I’ll tell you all about how the new territorial epidemiologist of a US Territory doesn’t believe Zika is a thing. (I wish I was joking.)

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2 thoughts on “Did you miss me?

  1. There already is local spread of Zika in one Texas county.
    It’s just a matter of time until it blows up in everyone’s faces.
    Annoyingly, we’re lousy with aedes aegypti where we have relocated to. I noticed them over the summer, first tip-off, biting during the day. Then, I put on my reading glasses.
    What followed was a stream of profanity that flashed the remaining water in the man made bayou behind the house.
    Once the virus reaches here, it’ll find its vector already in place in strength.

    • It’s only a matter of time now until the whole of the South lights up in red. First, I’ll laugh, then I’ll get to work.

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