Zika Virus

Mosquitoes Are Now Spreading the Zika Virus in Florida

While previous infections inside the United States were actually contracted abroad or through sexual contact with persons who've traveled abroad, mosquitoes are not spreading the Zika virus locally in the state of Florida.

Governor Voldemort is now asking the federal government for help, but as you know there could be a limit to what the government can do.

From the Associated Press:

The Florida infections are thought to have occurred in a small area just north of downtown Miami, in the Wynwood arts district.

The area, known for murals spray-painted across warehouses, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, is rapidly gentrifying and has a number of construction sites where standing water can collect and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Many walking the streets recently were unaware the virus had spread and confused about how the disease is transmitted.

The federal government can provide the state with whatever resources it has available, but there may be a hard limit to what the government can do because Congress still hasn't appropriated funds to fight the virus.

Congress departed Washington two weeks ago and will not return until next month. The earliest possible date Congress could vote on a funding bill is the second week of September, but that's not going to happen. It's not as if Republican members of Congress will agree to pass a funding bill as soon as they return.

It has been over 170 days since President Obama asked Congress to pass a Zika bill. Our Republican-controlled Congress has advanced a bill that appropriates funds to fight the virus, however their bill also partially defunds Planned Parenthood and Obamacare and repeals several EPA regulations, among other things.

  • Badgerite

    This is the problem with building ‘walls’. The real dangers are rarely, if ever, stopped by ‘walls’.

  • Ashby, hope you are feeling better this week. One nitpick? you said “not” when you meant “now” in the first paragraph.

  • Aynwrong

    Obama should just declare this an emergency and issue an executive order. That or literally send in the Marines. The GOP will babble out a lot of horseshit about “King Obama”, but that’s fine. Let them. People’s lives are now directly threatened by the GOP’s insistence of undermining Obama at every single turn. Obama could then demand that Congressional R’s explain why they have refused to simply pass a clean funding bill the sole purpose of which is to protect Americans from a disease.

    It would also be a great final, and deeply well deserved parting FUCK YOU! to the entire GOP.

  • Draxiar

    For the Congressional Republicans an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of fuck those people.

  • muselet

    Is it cynical of me to suggest Rick Scott won’t complain about the congressional Rs when he, inevitably, feels the federal response is inadequate?

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      No it’s not cynical. At all.