Efforts to Rid US of Zika Likely to Fail
It may be impossible to eliminate the Zika virus from the U.S., according to public health officials and infectious disease specialists. Citing concerted efforts in Florida that have been unsuccessful after several months, the head of the CDC reported that current technologies are likely unable to control the disease and others spread by mosquitoes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also updated the Zika-related advisory for Florida to include a risk of local transmission for all of Miami-Dade County and advising all women who are pregnant to avoid travelling to the area. At this time, more than 110 pregnant women in Florida have tested positive for Zika.
According to officials, habits of the type of mosquito that carries Zika—Aedes aegypti—make efforts to control the population—aerial spraying, for example—largely ineffective. The CDC warns that Zika infection is well on its way to becoming endemic and we may not know how to stop it—yet.
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