Global & Disaster Medicine

CDC has been informed by the State of Florida that Zika virus infections in 4 people were likely caused by bites of local Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The cases are likely the first known occurrence of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental United States.

CDC

“….We continue to learn about Zika virus, and we are working hard to find out more about these cases. Here is what we do know:

  • Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus).
  • A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy or during birth.
  • Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects, and is associated with other adverse pregnancy outcomes.
  • A person who is infected with Zika virus can pass it to sex partners.
  • Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.
  • No vaccines or treatments are currently available to treat or prevent Zika infections……”

 


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