Last week, Broward's first case of the
It was really only a matter of time before
More important, scores of travelers each year shuffle between South Florida and countries now struggling with
Though the Centers for Disease Control say
Additionally, as part of the governor's health-emergency mandate, officials from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, along with the Broward County Emergency Management Division, will brief Broward's community leaders later today about the state's plan to deal with the virus. Among other groups, representatives from Broward's county commission, local hospitals, ports, and airports have been invited to attend, county Emergency Management Director Miguel Ascarrunz said. The meeting, scheduled for 3 p.m. at the health department's administrative center in Fort Lauderdale, is not open to the public.
Cynthia Peterson, executive vice president of the Broward County Medical Association, said she was not yet sure what the protocol is if a patient is diagnosed with
"That's what we hope to learn from the meeting," she said. "I'll be there representing our doctors, though it's hard getting doctors there at three in the afternoon."
Earlier this month, the health department sent this "Think Zika" pamphlet out to local hospitals in order to make sure doctors were keeping an eye out for the virus.
Meanwhile, a host of
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Because the roads of the web are paved with conspiracy-peddling wing-nuts, social media users have grabbed that fact and run headlong with it — Redditors, especially, have said they believe
What if the Zika virus weren't real, and the birth defects are caused by Monsanto? An attempt at hiding the real cause.— Charlene Lee (@CodeKitties) February 8, 2016
Why doesn't anyone mention the Monsanto gmo mosquitos... You know, no Zika outbreak until they were released.— BassDbler (@BassDbler) February 7, 2016