First Outbreak of Locally Transmitted Zika Confirmed in Continental US


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An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S.

The outbreak has infected at least four people, three men and one woman, through local transmission, Florida officials said today.

“This means Florida has become the first state in our nation to have local transmission of the Zika virus," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said today.

Scott said a small area in northern Miami that is about a square mile in size is the only area where the Zika virus is being transmitted from mosquitoes to people.

“We’re being very aggressive at testing people there we are testing the mosquitoes there and we spraying to make sure it’s contained,” Scott said. He said health officials do not think that the transmission was ongoing.

More:
abcnews.go.com/Health/outbreak-locally-transmitted-zika-virus-confirmed-continental-us/story?id=40989431


#2

We’re #1! We’re #1! We’re #1! :dancing:

:blush:

Um… sorry.

We knew it was only a matter of time. The US is home to the mosquito which carries the virus. This is all the more reason to protect yourself and your home with standard anti-mosquito measures.

I am often surprised by the number of homes which lack window screens. Perhaps some programs to distribute such screens to persons unable to afford them would be a good idea?


#3

The best we can do at our homes is to make sure our gutters drain correctly and don’t have standing water in them. And also make sure there are no garbage cans or other containers on our property that hold water.

Also when relaxing outside, run a fan. Wind is as effective as bug repellent.


#4

Either that, or don’t relax outside. Bug season on the east coast is brutal. I don’t know how you all do it.


#5

No kidding. My American ancestral home is Kentucky. Humidity, bugs, and snakes. Great food though.


#6

No kidding. My American ancestral home is Kentucky. Humidity, bugs, and snakes. Great food though.
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:ehh:

Kentucky cuisine is more diverse than I thought. :eek:


#7

Is bourbon considered cuisine? :shrug:


#8

:rotfl:

I’ve been trying to, pardon the pun, warm my wife to the idea of moving to Florida. This story will certainly make wonderful play-ammunition for her side of things. :stuck_out_tongue:


#9

Here are some questions and answers about Zika’s evolving threat:

Q: How could Zika reach mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland?

A: The cycle starts with a person infected with Zika - presumably a traveler who recently returned home with the virus still lurking in his or her bloodstream. Then a mosquito bites that person, acquiring Zika by drinking in blood, and spreads the virus by biting someone else.

More than 1,650 cases of Zika have been reported in U.S. states that were linked either with travel or having sex with a returned traveler, another way the virus can spread.

Q: Who’s at risk from Zika?

A: For most people, it causes only mild symptoms at worst. But during pregnancy, the virus can be devastating. Zika can spread from an infected mother into her fetus’ developing brain and kill its cells, resulting in babies being born with unusually small heads, called microcephaly. Even if the brain appears to be developing normally, studies also have linked Zika to stillbirths, poor fetal growth and other problems.

Q: What’s the advice?

A: Avoid mosquito bites, and pregnant women also should avoid sex with anyone exposed to Zika. Wear insect repellent; remove standing water around your home where mosquitoes can lay eggs; make sure windows and doors are properly screened; when outside in mosquito season, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Q: What about travel?

A: The CDC has long been advising pregnant women not to travel to Zika-affected parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. But CDC said Friday there are no plans to advise limiting travel to Florida. The infections occurred in a small area where officials are aggressively targeting mosquitoes.

Q: If a mother-to-be becomes infected, how likely is her baby to be harmed?

A: The largest study to try to tell found the risk of microcephaly can range from 1 percent to 14 percent. Studies better designed to answer that question are under way now.

Q: Does it matter when during pregnancy the mother is infected?

A: Specialists think the first trimester is especially vulnerable, because that’s when organs develop. But the brain continues to grow throughout pregnancy and some studies have found problems even if infection occurred much later.

Q: Can the fetus be harmed even if the mother didn’t know she was infected?

A: Again, that’s not clear. Most adults report either mild or no symptoms from Zika, but it could just be that they didn’t notice.

Q: Then how would pregnant women know if they’d been infected?

A: Women who are concerned should tell their doctors, who can order the appropriate diagnostic testing. There is no treatment for Zika, but those who were infected may need ultrasound exams to check fetal development.

Q: Are there other ways Zika can spread?

A: Aside from sex, federal authorities have told blood centers in two Florida counties to suspend collections until they’re able to screen donated blood for the Zika virus using authorized tests. Visitors to South Florida in the last month are being urged to defer donations as well.

Health officials say there’s no evidence that Zika can be spread through coughing or sneezing or routine touching.

Separately, there is one unexplained case under investigation. A Utah man became infected while caring for his dying father, who contracted Zika while abroad and had unusually high levels of the virus in his blood.

Q: Are there risks beyond to a developing fetus?

A: Zika also can trigger a rare disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome that causes muscle weakness and paralysis. Guillain-Barre can occur after a number of bacterial and viral infections, when people recover only to have their immune system attack certain nerve cells.

Q: When will we see a vaccine?

A: Not for a while. One company has received permission for small safety tests of a candidate, and the government expects to start first-stage testing of its own version by September.

Source:
hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_HEALTHBEAT_ZIKA_QA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-07-29-14-19-46


#10

Didn’t they release genetically mutated or modified mosquitoes in Florida?


#11

Lol!

Bourbon balls…bourbon BBQ.

Truth be told though, I can’t remember a time where the family made anything featuring bourbon.


#12

10 new Zika cases in Miami; governor to feds: Send in emergency team

Read more here: miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article93057392.html#storylink=cpy


#13

And so it begins. Just hope we can keep this contained as much as possible in those states that are primarily susceptible to this particular species of mosquito.


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