Clinics in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley, one of the poorest regions in the country, are ill-equipped to handle the health threat presented by the Zika virus, and they aren’t alone — Texas is short on doctors. According to one study, Texas needs 12,000 more physicians to meet our per-capita national average. And about half the state has no OB-GYNs.

It’s an ominous report. And Zika hasn’t even arrived — yet.

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