Zika virus has begun to spread within the boarders of the United States with 10 people having been infected by mosquitoes in Miami last week. This brings the total number of infections in Florida to 14.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is sending an emergency response team to the state to help control the outbreak, however controlling the cluster of Zika cases has proven difficult as mosquitoes once airborne are very difficult to restrict geographically.
This month the number of residents tested positive for Zika in the San Francisco Bay Area rose to eight, though all infections were transmitted during travel outside of the United States.
San Francisco’s first case of Zika was reported on March 3rd, followed by a second case reported on April 22nd. Â The health department is not providing any details about the patients themselves in order to protect their privacy.
The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites and can generally cause mild symptoms in patients, such as fever, joint pain, rash and red eyes. The virus is native to Africa but has spread through Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.
Women who are pregnant are at the greatest risk from the virus, as Zika is known to cause birth defects that include microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and impaired cognitive function. There is also evidence that the virus can be spread through sexual transmission.
To avoid infection it is advised that pregnant women refrain from unnecessary travel to places where the virus is circulation, and people who travel to areas where the virus is active should take precaution against mosquito bites.
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