Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Jews in Brazil at War with Zika Virus


Brazilians have been in a state of panic over Zika, which is believed to cause birth defects and other medical problems, and Brazil’s 120,000-member Jewish community is hardly immune.
[A Jewish mother, Milena] Rozenbrah persuaded other mothers at her son’s Jewish day school to buy a gallon of the best mosquito repellent on the market and have the teacher apply a generous layer twice a day.

“We have crossed out of our family routine going to the Botanical Gardens and all green areas,” Rozenbrah told JTA. “We have anti-mosquito scented vaporizers all over our house and we avoid going out early in the morning or late in the afternoon, the most dangerous periods with more mosquitoes. Also, we keep the air conditioners on almost 24/7, which has made our electricity bill skyrocket.”

Holy shit ... if a Jew is willing to run the air conditioning even when they aren't home, you know it's bad. What other measures are they taking?

Indeed, the need to control Zika has even led one Rio rabbi to assert that the need to prevent the disease’s spread overrides religious prohibitions against killing bugs on the Sabbath.

“Mothers must take all measures against Zika, such as applying repellent,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Goldman, the chief Chabad envoy in Rio. “The mosquito can be killed even on Shabbat, for it threatens life.”

Oh, come now. Are there no pinheaded shabbos goyim in the slums of Brazil who could kill those mosquitoes for you? Note that not all Jews are onboard with such extraordinary measures:

Erica Saubermann Alem, a mother of two who lives across the street from Liessin, is skeptical about the prevention approach. [...] “In my opinion, repellents are a waste of time,” Alem said. “They are poisonous, kids don’t like it and their effect doesn’t last long. And protection is not 100 percent.”

The article also says she actually came down with the illness. Ha!


  1. Jews slathering anti-bloodsucker repellent on themselves is practically out of Bosch, don't you think?