If you're talking about blow boater brains, how would anyone know? They move so slowly anyway....
.... the ONLY fact we are certain of is that the research is very preliminary. But every finding announced so far seems a little worse than the last. It's all bad news. And just too soon to predict how bad it's going to get. But I think it has the potential to get REAL bad.
I feel like I'm watching a post apocalyptic sci-fi plague movie
. In the opening scenes everyone is going about their daily routine while CNN is reporting 11 new cases of Humanus Extincto on the TV in the background. No one's paying much attention. Next thing you know; zombies everywhere!
Miami bills itself as The Gateway to Latin America. And it is. Tens of thousands of people A DAY enter Miami from Central and South America
and the Caribbean
. They arrive as tourists, business people, employees, immigrants both legal
and illegal, and as legal
Hispanic immigrant residents returning from visits to their homeland.
They come on planes, cruise
ships, cargo ships, private yachts, inner tube rafts, and on foot. No one's going to stop that. No one has the stomach to quarantine Latin America.
It has been announced that Miami Beach now has a resident mosquito transmitted ZIKA infection area. That makes 35 known mosquito bourn cases in Miami. In two separate areas.
My concern isn't the 35 cases in two areas that they know of. I'm worried about the possibility that there may be 2000 cases (or 10,000) from dozens of areas that they have no clue about.
Miami has a huge homeless population living outdoors. They are, literally, everywhere. Whether you see them or not. And they don't spend money
on repellent or go to doctors or talk with or interact with authorities in any way. They will be a significant and uncontrollable vector for ZIKA to travel in.
As for mosquitos only traveling 165 feet in their lifetime.... that's only under their own power. I have been fishing
at night 10 miles off Miami and been swarmed by skeeters blown offshore
by a west wind
. I transported one in my car for 200 miles before I was finally able to kill the little blood sucker.
How many arrive in the holds of ships and planes? The Aedes aegypti mosquito was first brought to the Americas on slave ships from Africa
. That vector continues in more modern forms.
And don't forget, it's sexually transmitted, too! No mosquitos? No problem!
Economic impact? Already happening. Bookings are already being cancelled.
The CDC has for the first time in its history
issued a travel advisory for an American city.
"Nonetheless, according to CheapFlights.com, searches for flights to area airports on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – the three days after the CDC issued its advisory – were down 10 percent from the same days in the previous three weeks."
1.2 million people in Florida
earn a living in a tourism industry that generates 82 billion dollars a year. And much, if not most, of the Caribbean
is even more dependent on tourism. Economic impact? Oh, yeah!
As for cruisers getting it; it's only a matter of time. No doubt already happened. Will they stop going to certain areas? Remains to be seen.
I was born in Miami. I lived there for 47 years until I finally determined the place unfit for human habitation. That was 16 years ago, and I have seen nothing since then to alter my opinion of the place. I moved 160 miles north, and now I wonder if it was far enough.
You better believe I'm watching ZIKA very closely. And taking steps to safeguard my property, my family
and myself. I fully expect it to be in my community by next year. If not sooner.
Got any mosquitos where you live?