Zika Infections Remain A Health Risk in 2020
A new study published by PLOS on October 2, 2020, stated 'although the number of Zika virus (ZIKV) cases has declined following the 2015–2016 outbreak in the Americas, ZIKV remains a public health concern due to the potentially severe consequences of in utero exposure to the virus.'
Based on the current evidence available, these researchers said 'the clinical presentation of ZIKV infection in adolescents appears to be primarily mild and similar to the presentation in adults, with rare instances of severe complications and/or mortality. However, reliable estimation of the risks of ZIKV complications in these age groups is limited by the scarcity and quality of published data.'
The U.S. CDC states: There is no current local transmission of Zika virus in the continental United States, including Florida and Texas. But, Zika virus cases continue to be reported in Puerto Rico during 2020.