Zika Virus a Global Health Crisis With Major Political Side Effects

Zika Virus a Global Health Crisis With Major Political Side Effects
Fumigating a classroom in a mosquito eradication effort against the spread of the Zika virus, Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Jan. 28, 2016 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).

A public health emergency is, above all, a human crisis. But its consequences don’t end there. A major emergency, whether its severity is real or perceived, can have a significant economic and political impact. Now that the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an “international public health emergency,” warning that the mosquito-borne pathogen is spreading “explosively,” the Zika outbreak has become loaded with even more political power. Zika’s force comes not only from the tragic effects it can apparently have on babies. Scientists have not proven the link, but they believe the virus is behind the thousands of […]

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