By Jane M. Orient, M.D.
The Zika virus has arrived in a trendy area in North Miami, Florida. The numbers are so far few, but unlike the more than 1,600 other Zika-infected patients in the U.S., these patients had no history of travel to outbreak areas or known contact with people who had such a history.
So, how did it get here, and how do we stop it?
It did not get here because of “global warming” or “climate change.” That dreaded apocalypse has been taking a break for at least 18 years. In any event, Zika (or climate change) will not be stopped by wrecking the coal industry as Hillary Clinton has promised to do, thus creating severe shortages of electricity. (Coal now fuels around 40 percent of our generating capacity.) She and Al Gore may think that YOUR air conditioning threatens the planet, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying indoors in air-conditioned buildings to avoid Zika. Of course, shutting off the A/C would be even more devastating to the tourist industry than travel advisories. [Read more…]