Over the next seven months, 700,000 Puerto Ricans will be infected with the Zika virus. That’s 20% of the entire island, at the rate of 100,000 per month. These figures were reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC reported this in February 2016. The entire world heard the announcement…yet two months later, the US congress has done nothing about it. After this CDC report, Congress has not appropriated even ONE DOLLAR to prevent or treat Zika in Puerto Rico.
Not only in Puerto Rico, but in countries around the world, the Zika virus is responsible for babies born with brain damage – with unusually small and/or deformed heads. Known as microcephaly, the condition has been reported in Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, and French Polynesia. Many people are now calling Zika the “shrunken head virus.”
Infant depicted on the left, with a shrunken head, shows the effect of microcephaly
In addition, the first death in the U.S. due to Zika, has just been reported in Puerto Rico.
Despite these alarming reports, the New York Times announced this week that the U.S Congress was still “not ready to approve” any Zika prevention or treatment funds for Puerto Rico. Instead, Congress has conducted 48 “hearings” and “investigations” where the Zika plague has been discussed.
The mathematics for newborn children are especially frightening. The most recently reported birth rate for the island was 10.9 births per 1,000 people on the island, in 2014. This is an annual birth rate of 1.09%.
A subset of 700,000 (the population with Zika) will thus produce 1.09% x 700,000, or 7,630 Zika-infected babies in the year 2017.
For over a century, Puerto Ricans have been “studied” to death by the U.S. It is time for the U.S. congress to act. Instead of closing hospitals and cutting Medicare benefits, the U.S. should do something for the public health of Puerto Rico…
Before 700,000 people are infected with Zika…
And before 7,630 women give birth to severely at-risk babies…some of them with shrunken heads.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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