From the BBC:
[I]"The Florida department of health said “a high likelihood exists that four cases are the result of local transmission”, centred on one small area just north of downtown Miami. More than 1,650 cases of Zika have so far been detected in the United States, but the Florida cases would be the first in the US not involving sexual contact or foreign travel. “This is not just a Florida issue,” Gov Rick Scott said. "It’s a national issue - we just happen to be at the forefront."
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[li][I]The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they anticipated more cases will emerge over the coming weeks…"[/I][/li][/ul]
To our Bayou Brethren: what are your thoughts on this? With Florida affected, Louisiana can’t be far behind. No joking here. If you come down with Zika on the job (which would likely be a relatively mild disease anyway, for an adult), the terms of the Jones Act would compel the company to pay for your treatment. And because it is a viral disease, and little can be done to care for you, no great expense. But if, God forbid, you have a infant born with severe deformities due to Zika, and consequent extraordinary medical measures are needed to help the infant, and the birth is paid for using company health insurance, the health insurance usage rate will skyrocket, which can drive-up premiums for everyone in the company. Mandatory “Zika Training” in the future? “Zika Pay” for those working in the Gulf? Serious stuff, for all of society. Let’s hope the CDC develops a vaccine pronto.