Where are the highest risk areas for the Zika virus in the United States?

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Health experts fear that South Florida’s subtropical climate at the start of the rainy season could provide a fertile breeding ground for Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus. Zika, already prevalent in much of Latin America and the Caribbean, is believed to cause microcephaly when contracted in pregnancy. This is a serious birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and other health concerns. The Zika virus has been linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil.

South Florida has about 45 types of mosquitoes, some of which also carry several other diseases including dengue fever, West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, dog heartworm and others. Mosquitoes can breed in standing water that is as small as a bottle top. That’s why it’s important for area residents to take steps to prevent the spread of mosquitoes during rainy season and year-round.

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an ...

n infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible.
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