January 28 2016
Hysteria sells and…
It’s hysteria time again. Let me run it down for you.
This is the word: The dreaded Zika virus! Watch out! It’s carried by mosquitos! It can cause birth defects—babies are born with very small heads and impaired brains!
Here are a few scare headlines that were running on Drudge as of 1/26:
“Brazil sends 200,000 soldiers to stop spread of Zika.”
“Stay away from Rio if you’re pregnant.”
“’Losing battle’ against mosquito.”
“Virus threatening two continents.”
Want more hysteria? The Daily Mail indicates pregnant women are being warned not to travel to 22 countries in Latin America and Africa. Several Zika cases are being reported in Italy, the UK, and Spain.
Then we have this from the Washington Post (“As Zika virus spreads, El Salvador asks women not to get pregnant until 2018,” 1/22, with italics added):
Read fully article here