Last November the state’s first reported case of local mosquito-borne Zika infection was in Brownsville, leading the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to designate the city, of about 185,000 people, a Zika “cautionary area” which pregnant women should consider avoiding.
As the way seem to be going: as abortion clinics shut down in the South, it is good to hear that much of the government still considers it a valued argument that those pregnant in certain situations should consider and avoid the event.
There were six cases of local transmission via mosquitoes reported in Brownsville in the final two months of 2016. This month the state health department issued a recommendation that all pregnant women in six border counties be tested in their first and second trimesters, as well as others exhibiting possible Zika symptoms.
It is also good, if true, that this administration and its followers stands by the recommendation to test.
May be considered a low bar in women affairs by many, but, then again, it is a start that by many was considered a higher bar, already won.