Response Zika Teams Ready as Mosquito Season Heats Up

Harris County with the most reported cases: 13. Only eight states in the continental USA, including Montana, don't have at least one of the two types mosquitoes that can carry Zika, according to CDC.

This new case is an unnamed man from New Castle County who was bitten by a mosquito while traveling overseas in May. Zika is the most fatal to the fetus of a pregnant women. "This new map shows reports from counties where these mosquitoes were found in the last 20 years". The couple tested positive for Zika virus but it was only found in the woman's urine and saliva, but not in her vaginal fluid or blood, and it was different for the man.

States in the south and southwest, as well as Hawaii, are already on the lookout for locally acquired cases, because they are home to the largest populations of the mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, thought to be responsible for the wave of cases that has swept through Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as Puerto Rico.

Members of Florida' congressional delegation were briefed on the Zika virus Wednesday and urged to press for federal funding to prepare the state and the country for an outbreak.

There is no vaccine for the virus now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One of the many unanswered questions about Zika is whether women who are infected but don't have any symptoms run the same risk of having a baby with microcephaly - an abnormally small head - as women who have symptoms of the infection.

We've also taken steps to support our state and local partners who are implementing mosquito control efforts.

The study's authors call the report "preliminary" and most of the women followed by researchers were still pregnant at the time the report was completed.

Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in southern Europe. Before that, the Aedes mosquitoes were only recorded coincidentally in traps created to catch other species of mosquito, such as those that carry the West Nile virus.

Zika virus, which emerged in Brazil previous year and has been spreading quickly across Latin America, usually causes mild symptoms, if any.

The CDC says it will update its plan if new information emerges about the virus's possible spread.

In the United States, the CDC has refrained from recommending that couples delay pregnancy in Zika-affected areas.

The number of reported cases of the Zika virus continues to rise in Texas. You will need to take strict measures to prevent mosquito bites: use insect repellent, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and stay in places with air conditioning and screened windows and doors. For most people, the illness, which includes symptoms such as mild fever, rash and joint pan, is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.



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