- Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
- In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil.
- Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries and territories.
- Zika virus will continue to spread and it will be difficult to determine how and where the virus will spread over time.
The Zika virus is spread in the U.S. by two species of mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Their range is shown on the map. Cases have just now been reported in Florida. It's only a matter of time before the disease comes north.
There is no vaccine. The only prevention is to void these daytime-biting mosquitoes.
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