New case of Zika through a local mosquito in Florida county


26 August, 2016

The Gregg County Health Department has confirmed that a person traveling outside the USA has contracted the Zika Virus and lives in Gregg County.

NY has more Zika cases - 579 so far - than any other state.

Just two days ago, five cases of locally transmitted Zika infection were confirmed by Florida health officials, including one in the Tampa Bay area. Idaho has had no confirmed cases of Zika virus infection reported prior to this case.

Until last week, local transmission of mosquito-borne Zika - which can cause devastating birth defects in babies - had been restricted to Wynwood. Twenty-four counties across the state are being sampled. The two most recent cases were women, one residing in Bernalillo County, the other in Santa Fe County.

If visits to the affected areas are necessary, the CDC said, travelers are advised to follow the "2226 Principle" after leaving Zika-affected areas to prevent transmission of the disease.

He said this type of mosquito has not been in MS for at least 20 years, but the health department fears it may return.

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"Most of the babies in the study were born with microcephaly, but many of them also suffered other impairments, including damage to important parts of the brain", the Times reported. Although the current Zika outbreak is centered in Brazil, it has spread to countries and territories around the world, including the United States.

Certain over-the-counter products are being advertised as a repellent or even cure for the Zika virus, but this claim is blatantly false.

He also urged Congress to make funds available to put a federal Zika plan into action.

"These images show what happens in the most severe cases of Zika", Levine says.

Health experts do stress that the vast majority of the more than 2,260 Zika infections so far reported in the continental United States have been linked to travel overseas - to countries with Zika outbreaks in Latin America or the Caribbean. The mosquitoes that carry Zika virus are the same ones that carry chikungunya and dengue. Yet the New England Journal of Medicine found the estimated risk for microcephaly with Zika infections in the first trimester of pregnancy ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent.

However, health officials said yesterday with the clinical outcomes changing daily in relation to Zika, it was imperative that both public and private health experts be brought together to come up with a comprehensive and all-encompassing response mechanism.

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