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Chan Lowe: Dengue fever in Florida


dengue.gifWhen I draw cartoons about Florida, this is one of my favorite genres.

We depend on tourism as part of our three-legged economic stool (the other two being growth and red-light cameras), and yet calamities befall the Sunshine State out of proportion to its size compared to the rest of the country.

When there are hurricanes, we attract them. Of course, the slick has affected our shores. When pestilence arrives via containerized cargo, it always manages to take root and thrive in our hospitable clime. I could go on, but we all have our own stories.

Our hats should be off to those whose thankless job it is to take the reality of where we live and, as the unlovely expression goes, “put lipstick on the pig.”


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Good cartoon- I guessed it...Read the papers article on Dengue Fever...Was not surprised to see the website comments. One said the disease was caused by Cubans. The other, blamed the Haitians.
Will the next post blame the "illegal" Mexican tourist from Arizona.?? After all, even the name "mosquito" sounds foreign.(like fritata,tortillo,burritos)
Will mosquito's now have to carry ID papers, as to their origin.??


I think Charlie may call another special session of the legislature to pass a law making it illegal for bugs to bite people in Florida.

Actually a couple of years ago I was wondering if they might rename a cruise ship the Norovirus Explorer and offer educational cruises to study rare tropical diseases firsthand.


There is no specific treatment and no vaccine. The best way to protect against dengue fever is to avoid mosquito bites when travelling in affected tropical and subtropical areas.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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