Puerto Rico Now U.S. Front Line as Zika Spreads

SAN JUAN, P.R. — On an inexorable march across the hemisphere, the Zika virus has begun spreading through Puerto Rico, now the United States’ front line in a looming epidemic.

The outbreak is expected to be worse here than anywhere else in the country. The island, a warm, wet paradise veined with gritty poverty, is the ideal environment for the mosquitoes carrying the virus. The landscape is littered with abandoned houses and discarded tires that are perfect breeding grounds for the insects. Some homes and schools lack window screens and air-conditioning, exposing residents to almost constant bites.

Read the rest of the article, here. I believe public health needs much more funding to support the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment. As a mosquito-borne illness, Zika is a clear example of why One Health is so critically important to the survival of human beings.

To quote a knowledgeable friend, “Tragedy that affects all aspects of public health, no? Funding is cut until there’s an outbreak or other emergency. It’s an unfortunate situation. We certainly need to do a better job across the health sector in bridging these various disciplines (including veternary, medicine, and ecology) together.”

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