Venezuela is in the midst of a violent uprising. Its socialist government has failed to provide even the basics for the people of the country while raking in billions as a leading exporter of oil. Corruption and the inability to force the economy to change via government fiat have brought this proud nation to the brink.
With the release of the Jan. 2014 employment situation report on Feb. 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) updated its estimates of a number of data items. This is a yearly occurrence, and can make a significant difference in the numbers. With those changes, the data that the BLS considers most accurate can be examined and analyzed.
The key to how quickly chikungunya reaches the continental US is Puerto Rico. In Florida, one of the top areas for imported dengue cases is PR. The road to the US passes through Puerto Rico for chikungunya. My best guess is that we will see locally acquired cases in the Commonwealth by May, and imported cases in Florida by August.
The discovery, in early December of 2012, that chikungunya was causing illnesses on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Martin came as little surprise to public health authorities. The nations of the Western Hemisphere have been expecting the mosquito-borne virus to make the leap to the Americas for several years. The only questions were when, and where.
The Associated Press and other media outlets are reporting that two U.S. military aircraft came under fire as they attempted to land in the South Sudan city of Bor. Four servicemen are reported wounded. Details remain sketchy at this time.