Zika Infected Mosquitoes Headed To US By The Summer

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts expect people in the US may become afflicted by the virus as early as this summer. The total number of reported Zika cases in the US have reached 591, all of which were infected via travel to infected areas around the world.

The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The virus can be transmitted from mother to child, through sexual contact, and through a blood transfusion. Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where Zika virus is found and has not already been infected with Zika virus can get it from mosquito bites. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. See here for more on the Zika virus. 

This is a particularly scary time for pregnant women who can can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy. Zika is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent Zika. There are preventative measures one can take to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes such as: wearing long sleeves and long pants, staying in the AC with windows closed, and sleeping under a mosquito net just to name a few. For more ways of preventing getting infected, see here.

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