“Trump Could Fight Zika with Regulatory Reform” By Angela Logomasini, Ph.D.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised that he will focus on reversing an expanding federal regulatory burden. As part of that agenda, he should address regulatory hurdles that undermine efforts to control dangerous mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as the Zika virus. Quick action on Zika is essential as it spreads in Florida with potential serious health effects. Zika can cause microcephaly, a serious and disfiguring birth defect that causes babies to be born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. In adults, Zika infections can produce Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system, causing numbness, tingling, and even paralysis. Read more.