Palestine Explodes with Zika Virus Infections from Water; Council Candidate Brule: ‘It’s just the sniffles’
PALESTINE, TX—Multiple Palestine resident were hospitalized on Friday morning, all diagnosed with the Zika Virus. Local residents are alarmed and the City of Palestine as well as council candidates in the upcoming election, are taking the situation seriously.
According to reports, the virus quickly spread through the city’s water supply, piped directly into the home of local unsuspecting residents.
Interim City Manager Mike Alexander said the city is considering declaring a state of emergency, but said he would make the final decision after his vacation.
“I’ll be out of town for several days and when I get back, I don’t know, sometime next week or the week after or when it’s safe, I mean, I’m able to get back to town, I’ll look at it and think about declaring a state of emergency,” Alexander told The Dogwood Tale.
Alexander said to have a glass of ice water which will help with the anxiety that the situation may cause and simply stay calm.
If a state of emergency is declared, city employees will be required to work their full 8-hour day and and will only be allowed a one-hour lunch break.
“As you can tell, a state of emergency would be a huge decision because city employees haven’t been forced to work their entire shift in many years,” Alexander explained. “It could cause pandemonium.”
Will Brule, a former District 1 councilmember and candidate for that same position again, said that people should learn their lesson, but downplayed the seriousness of this illness.
“This would have never happened had the city not fired the best city manager we ever had, Wendy Ellis,” Brule said. “I remember when we had the West Nile Virus outbreak last year and Wendy was at work everyday wearing her hazmat suit to protect her as she protected the citizens of the City of Palestine.”
Brule said there was no reason to be alarmed by the current outbreak.
“People shouldn’t worry, I mean, it’s just the sniffles. No big deal and my sudden vacation plans have absolutely nothing to do with the Zika Virus outbreak, I promise. I already planned on leaving town, I assure you.”
Mayor Bob Herrington said that while he was concerned about the Zika Virus outbreak, he was hopeful that he would still be able to make his hair appointment.
“I have a 1:30 hair appointment today and I’m hopeful that I will still be able to make it. If I miss it, I’ll have to refile the claim on my medical insurance.”
Therrell Thomas, former mayor, was contacted for a comment, but had already boarded up his liquor store and told us through a boarded window that he was “preparing for the apocalypse.”