Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported there are 234 confirmed US cases of women carrying the Zika virus – the inspection spread by mosquito bites that can cause the birth defect, microcephaly. The US began buzzing about Zika at the tail end of 2015 (its discovery nearly 70 years ago) when CDC officials reported a heavy spike of the disease in pregnant women with cases reported in vacation destinations like Barbados, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. It wasn’t long before cases until cases started to trickle into North America.
What you need to know about Zika now
Sabrina Tavernise reported in the The New York Times that Zika is a travelers virus, and the pattern we’re seeing in the US is the same as in other places.These cases still raise more questions than answers since most of these women are still pregnant. Although officials do not say how many women have given birth, there have been three to have birth defects and three who died before birth. There’s no vaccine and avoiding mosquitos is easier said than done. The CDC has prevention methods for you and your family.