by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Dependency on government has risen to a new level, in Texas at least, as Medicaid officials in the Lone Star State now want to provide taxpayer-supported Zika virus protection, as a ‘healthcare need.’
Beginning next week, the Dallas Morning News reports, women and girls will be eligible to receive up to two cans of mosquito repellent as a way to protect themselves from the virus, which is transmitted by, among other methods, the tiny biting insets. According to the CDC, the virus has been linked to causing birth defects such as microcephaly.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission made the decision to permit the state’s Medicaid agency to cover the cost of repellents for girls and women ages 10 to 45, as well as those who are already pregnant. The commission said growing fears that the virus will spread further throughout the state motivated officials to make the decision, apparently because they believe that Medicaid recipients are not capable of obtaining repellent on their own like all other Texans, or that they, because they’re on public assistance, should not have to.
At present, state health officials have discovered and are tracking 93 cases of Zika virus, including 22 in Dallas County. Forty-two patients have been reported to the CDC’s Zika Pregnancy Registry. But it’s far from a crisis or a pandemic. Indeed, for most, the virus is weak and symptoms relatively mild.
Panic leading state to choose a dangerous repellent choice
What’s more, much of the panic associated with the spread of the virus, as Natural News staffer Julie Wilson reported recently, has more to do with ulterior motives than anything else: Corporate vaccine profits, abortion increases, wider use of dangerous chemicals (via insect repellents containing DEET) and the introduction of genetically modified mosquitoes that may wind up harming humans.
But the panic is spreading nonetheless. Earlier this week the CDC issued a travel warning regarding a neighborhood in Miami where some 15 cases of the virus have been reported and “persistent mosquito problems” identified. Indeed, a federal emergency response team has now been dispatched to that region.
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