Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 6, 2016 8:33 p.m.

    I recall that the mosquito responsible for Zika is the same one that transmits yellow fever. I also recall that the mosquito is considered to be the most dangerous creature on the planet due to the very diseases mentioned by Harrison Bergeron. We should address this plague on humanity with haste. I never did understand the DDT controversy, but I also believe politics played a big part. I feel sure that there is a way to better combat mosquito invasions. The city of Austin protects the bats under their famous bridge, which eat clouds of mosquitoes, but for the rest of the world, we probably need another answer. It is a tragedy that malaria causes untold suffering and loss of life, and most likely preventable. For me, this has a personal connection. I inherited an unusual bed that was first owned by an uncle, generations back, who as an MD spent much of his life studying yellow fever and trying to understand prevention and treatment. We are overdue in combating mosquitoes effectively.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Feb. 6, 2016 3:03 p.m.

    It's time to confront the Silent Spring and bird-egg folklore and bring back DDT. We nearly had malaria wiped out before hysterics and politics got it banned. Now there are nearly 3 million deaths per year due to malaria.

    With DDT we can eliminate not only Zika but Malaria, Chikungunya, Dog Heartworm, Dengue, Yellow fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and many more diseases.