May 19, 2016

Alabama prepares for Zika with a “Skeeter Beaters Coloring Book”


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Earlier this week, the United States Senate voted to commit $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus (which, if you haven’t been listening, can cause serious birth defects in babies whose mothers are infected, and a rare disorder called Guillain-Barré Syndrome in adults). World Health Organization director Margaret Chan said on Tuesday that they’re not advising the 2016 Summer Olympics to move from Rio De Janeiro for now, but “the more we learn about Zika, the more worried about it we get.” And, um, officials at the Alabama Department of Public Health have sent “Zika virus coloring books” to nearly 250,000 families across the state for prevention education purposes.

Wait, really?

Yes, really, according to a report by Amy Yurkanin for As we’ve recently noted, coloring books for adults have exploded in popularity of late, but these Zika books are addressed to a more conventional audience: students in pre-kindergarten through third grade.  A downloadable pdf is available here. Print it up and dig out the crayons. Fun for the whole family.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.