The State of Florida has announced that four people infected with Zika were possibly bitten by local Aedes aegypi mosquitoes.  The CDC is working with Florida officials investigating the cases.

Here’s what’s known

*Most people (80%) infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.

*Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus).  This link shows where these mosquitos are in the U.S.

*It is sexually transmitted.

*It is congenitally transmitted.

*Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects, and is associated with other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

*No vaccines or treatments are currently available to treat or prevent Zika infections.

*As of July, 2016, 1,658 U.S. cases have been reported to the CDC – none of which are believed to be spread by local mosquitoes.  

For more information on Zika

“The Zika virus outbreak currently gripping the Americas could have been sparked by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012, critics say.

The insects were engineered by biotechnology experts to combat the spread of dengue fever and other diseases and released into the general population of Brazil in 2012.

But with the World Health Organisation (WHO) now meeting in Geneva to desperately discuss cures for the Zika virus, speculation has mounted as to the cause of this sudden outbreak.

The Zika virus was first discovered in the 1950s but the recent outbreak has escalated alarmingly, causing birth defects and a range of health problems in South and central America.”

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