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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Zika Epidemic To Explode In U.S. This Summer

by JASmius

Captain Buzz is swarming in our direction, just like all the other self-inflicted calamities converging seemingly simultaneously.

It's gonna be one long, hot summer:

Southern regions of Texas and Florida are likely to experience the largest outbreaks of mosquito-borne Zika virus this spring and summer, according to a new projection of the infectious disease’s impacts on fifty U.S. cities.

Weather, travel, and poverty will be key drivers of Zika’s spread in certain regions of the U.S., according to the National Center for Atmospheric Research report.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is spreading the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, will likely be common in the southern and eastern United States as the weather warms, according to insect and disease experts at the NCAR.

And it will not be limited to the old Confederacy, either:

Conditions are also expected to be favorable for mosquito populations to pose a threat along the East Coast as far north as New York City and across the southern tier of the country as far west as Phoenix and Los Angeles, according to specialized computer simulations conceived and run by researchers at NCAR and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. [emphases added]

Better stock up on "Off" bug spray, Director.

Given that we up here in Ecotopia will have a doomsday earthquake with which to cope, at least we won't have mosquito swarms collapsing our skulls with which to put up, given that most of us will be homeless and living in tent cities or whatever.

On the bright side, at least we won't have to watch both national conventions, where everybody will be trying to kill each other inside and outside the venues.  Considering that the Zika area includes Philadelphia, the mosquitoes will probably be among the casualties - and it's not like Democrats have anything in their heads to hold up their skulls anyway.

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