Florida Might Have Its First Zika Virus Outbreak

Florida Might Have Its First Zika Virus Outbreak

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Florida health officials said Tuesday they were investigating a possible case of Zika that wasn’t carried back by a traveler.

If it’s confirmed, it would be the first evidence that Zika has spread to mosquitoes in the continental U.S. All cases up to now have been in people who traveled to Zika-affected regions or their sexual partners.

Small, local outbreaks of Zika virus are fully expected in southern states such as Florida, Louisiana and Texas. These states are home to the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that most commonly transmit the virus.




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