Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Morgan Griffith's Zika Update

This web site has no idea what games anyone in the U.S. Senate may be playing. This web site is, however, aware of one good reason why people might not support an effort advertised as fighting the Zika virus. That reason is that these people may have heard that the project actually involves using airborne poisons, which may (or may not) kill the target species, but do kill its natural predators, harm other species, and send the target species into a population explosion during its next generation.

From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith, R-VA-9:

Florida health officials recently reported that several individuals were infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitos, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states “…are likely the first known occurrence of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental United States.”

In response, Senate Democrats are calling for Congress to act on Zika. However, in June, Senate Democrats voted to block a Zika funding measure.

Up to now, it has appeared to me that some in the Senate are playing politics with this issue. I would gladly drive to Washington for a 2:30 A.M. session to solve this problem if I were convinced it’s not just more political gamesmanship.