Patrick Cox's Tech Digest - View by Tag "zika virus"

Virus-Americans and the Eternal War

February 26, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about viruses due to the emergence of the Zika threat. Then, a little over a week ago, some new virus came into my life. Most likely, it was a recently evolved serotype of the rhinovirus, the cause of the common cold. Rhino is, of course, from the Greek word for nose, which is where the virus was thought to enter the body.

The Falling Sky and “Cataclysmic” Zika News

March 11, 2016

The world has reached “peak babies.” Global population will continue to increase for a while, simply because people are taking so much longer to die these days. When lifespans stop increasing, though, world population will fall. Eventually, the entire world will face the kinds of demographic problems that Japan and many other countries are dealing with today.

Homegrown Zika Has Arrived in the US

August 1, 2016

As I predicted, the Zika virus has almost certainly entered mosquito populations in the US. Persuasive evidence indicates that mosquitos in Florida have infected at least 14 people, and the FDA has shut down blood donations in two counties. Confirmed cases have been found in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but I have little doubt that it will eventually reach the Gulf Coast where I’m located. One storm could spread Zika-carrying mosquitos into Louisiana and Texas.

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