There are all kinds of crazy diseases out there, and that’s something that people are rightfully concerned with. There was swine flu, then feline flu, then all other kinds of flus. However, none of those have proven to be as dangerous to the general public as the zika virus, which is a horrible thing for pregnant to worry about as it has been causing a spike in infant deaths and microcephaly. Until now, it’s been a problem for exotic tropical locations, but America’s tropical location is now in peril. The zika virus has been spread in the United States via mosquito bites.
Previously, the only real warning was about Puerto Rico, but now it’s in Miami. Officials have spotted two cases connected to mosquito bites in downtown Miami. Four people total in Florida have contracted zika, two in Miami-Dade and two in Broward County. Of course, officials aren’t worried about widespread zika infections in Florida, but… Miami is kind of a big departure point for South America, and Brazil is the epicenter of the outbreak and also the home of the Olympics this year. So I’d imagine officials are being cautious.
“There are likely to be isolated cases in the United States, and there may be occasional clusters in the United States,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “We don’t expect widespread transmission.”