The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ought to be ashamed. It is incapable of gathering data in a timely manner, and its failures with Zika viral illnesses is yet another case in point. The latest data on “Pregnant Women with Any Lab Evidence of Zika Virus Infection” as I write this is from July 14. Today is 13 days later.
As the sixth week of 2016 draws to a close, the medical community is still uncertain about the effects of Zika viral illnesses, and any relationship to microcephaly in unborn children and Guillain-Barré syndrome in people of all ages. It is unclear at this time just how many people have had the mosquito borne illness.