The sudden and unexpected Ebola outbreaks in a region entirely unprepared to respond is a challenge for international public health agencies. The people of West Africa have seen their share of misery in the last forty years. Corruption and civil wars have combined to impoverish millions.
The search has been ongoing since the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 souls aboard. There has been little confirmed news but lots of anonymous sources have opinions, speculations and even a little news of value. The current belief is that the airliner turned and flew across the Indian Ocean towards the northwest.There is just one problem with the associated speculation that the plane flew to Central Asia. It had to fly through Indian airspace.
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.