TRAVEL GAZETTE – Concerns of contracting Zika virus could be on the minds of more than just U.S. travelers going abroad this season, reports Fox 13.
The outbreak began in Brazil a year ago, but now more than 60 countries and territories have continuing transmission.
The Centers for Disease Control warns, by the start of summer, southern parts of the United States, including Florida, may become a new home for the Zika-carrying mosquito.
“It lives indoors and outdoors. It bites during the daytime and nightime. It’s eggs can last for more than a year,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC.
There were 123 people in the state of Florida with Zika at the end of May. Of those cases, 37 were pregnant women.
Last week The World Health Organization (WHO) rejected a call to move or postpone this summer’s Rio Olympic Games over the Zika outbreak.
It said this would “not significantly alter” the spread of the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.