In the mid-1980s, public health experts began referring to youth violence as an epidemic because it was occurring in higher than expected numbers. Until now, that assertion has remained more poignant analogy than biting reality. But a new study provides the first evidence that gun violence behaves exactly like a blood-borne pathogen.
Four people in Dade and Broward counties were infected in early July, got sick a week later and were diagnosed a couple of days after that. “All the evidence we have seen indicates that this is mosquito-borne transmission that occurred several weeks ago,” said Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is illegal for the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention to study connection between gun ownership and police violence.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control shifted $44 million of its federal funding towards research on the mosquito-borne disease after Congress failed to allocate any funds itself. As a result, city and state offices have lost the critical funds they need in order to prevent the spread of Zika at the local level.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and congressional Democrats, and President Obama — has requested funds to study and fight the virus, but Republicans want to combat it by stripping away environmental regulations on an array of pesticides.
The most dramatic increase was seen among girls aged 10 to 14; in a decade and half, the rate of suicide in this age group went up 200 percent.
Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said.
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Researchers caution they don’t want to create undue alarm with their findings, but they say they hope the results will highlight the urgent need to conduct more in-depth studies of fracking emissions and their potential effects on human health.
As the last of the American patients being treated for Ebola are deemed free of the disease, experts reflect on how the nation reacted to the public health scare.