In Florida, like in the country, the republicans have a few ideas how to balance the budget. To have a balanced budget is good but does not solve the main problem of this country; the lack of jobs. If the country has jobs, then there is not need for balancing the budget, the jobs taxes will do the trick. However, some of the republicans’ ideas are very interesting, one of them in particular caught my attention and I think it will catch the readers’ attention too.
The center for the control of infectious diseases is among those government agencies that will see their financial support reduced or discontinued in the republicans budget reducing programs. This organization spends a lot of money spraying the country with bacteria and virus killing chemicals to keep the population from diseases.
In the 90’s the health organizations claimed that the US was rid off infectious diseases. Unfortunately, due to climate changes, uneven vaccination, globe-trotting travelers, and other factors, a resurgence of some types of bacteria, viruses, and disease-carrying insects are back in America. Today many states have experienced outbreaks of rare diseases.
In Florida the heat and humidity create an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes—and the diseases they carry, like malaria and dengue fever. The epicenter is Key West. In 2010, 66 people there were infected with dengue, known as “break-bone fever” for the excruciating joint pain it causes. As with lyme-carrying ticks, many experts fear that the warming climate in the U.S. will allow dengue-carrying mosquitoes to spread.
Another example is Texas, where 153 cases of leprosy pop up each year. In California, many cases are due to travels from areas like Asia, where leprosy is common. The Texans face a leprosy hazard: contact with armadillos. In parts of Texas and other Gulf states, up to 23% of armadillos carry leprosy. It’s believed that people can contract the disease, which is treatable with antibiotics, by hunting and wrestling these animals, and even gardening in soil where they dig.
In the early 1990s, an unusual respiratory disease struck dozens of healthy adults in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, killing half of them. The “Four Corners outbreak” was eventually pinned on hantavirus, which spreads via mouse waste. Now they said the virus is back. Humans can be exposed by drinking from dirty cans or inhaling dust in rodent-infested buildings. Since 1993, Colorado has had 75 of the country’s 567 cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a deadly respiratory complication that can kill a person in just one week.
In New Mexico last year, two men, both from Santa Fe, fell sick with a disease that wiped out millions in Europe and is now synonymous with “scourge” plague. Fortunately, the U.S. has only a handful of cases a year of plague, which is now a treatable bacterial infection spread by the fleas on rodents and animals like squirrels, cats, and dogs. And while there are pockets of infected rodents all across the western U.S., New Mexico seems to bear the brunt of it: In 2009, it saw six of the eight cases nationwide. The others were in Utah and Illinois.
I believe that the republicans need to reevaluate some of their budget cutting ideas for the benefit of man kind.