Posted June 23, 2018 07:54:58 In the United States, the government is taking a wait-and-see approach to the Zika virus outbreak, but in Mexico, authorities are doing everything they can to stem the spread of the virus.
In a series of new stories published this week, the National Post and El Universal report that Mexican officials are looking to the next day to find a way to contain the virus, while some experts are concerned that the country may be headed for an even bigger disaster.
“What we need to do now is to understand the situation and make the necessary adjustments to protect the public,” Mexican Minister of Health Jose Manuel Castaneda said at a news conference this week.
“There are no longer enough tests to do so.
The virus is not just spreading, it is spreading explosively.
We need to take the appropriate measures.”
Castaneta is correct in saying that there are not enough tests available to protect Mexican citizens.
According to the CDC, more than 3,500 cases of Zika have been confirmed in Mexico since mid-April.
But a major reason for the lack of testing is that the virus has mutated, with more than 1,400 new cases reported in Mexico each day since the beginning of June.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are also more than 60,000 cases of severe fevers in Mexico.
Mexico has been under a state of emergency since mid June and the federal government has issued a travel warning for all of Mexico, warning of increased risk for those traveling to and from the affected areas.
Castanella also said that the government will continue to work to help those affected by the outbreak, including providing transportation and housing for those in need.
“I’m telling you that we will continue working to get the help of our Mexican partners, and if we can’t do that, we will,” Castanette said.
He also announced that the federal and state governments have agreed to create a temporary shelter for families who may be unable to relocate due to the outbreak.
Castanyeda also said there will be a special commission to assess the health of affected communities.