CDC Issues Cloudy Zika Forecast
The Centers of Disease and Control (CDC) doesn’t believe we have the right tools to contain the Zika virus from spreading throughout the USA.
"Zika and other diseases spread by (the Aedes aegypti mosquito) are really not controllable with current technologies," CDC Director Thomas Frieden said.
“We will see this (Zika) become endemic in the hemisphere."
Dr. Frieden is encouraging cities throughout America to strengthen their mosquito control divisions, public health budgets and outreach to citizens to educate them about the Zika virus.
The CDC believes any valued treatment for the ZIka virus is still about 2-3 years away from where various researchers are focused today.
Still, there is some good news that was shared with all the looming darkness of containing the virus. Miami-Dade County still remains the only place where people have contracted the virus from local mosquitoes.
The Zika virus is transmitted human to human primarily by the Aedes mosquito. Zika virus can also be spread by sexual contact. Although 80 percent of people infected with Zika virus never develop symptoms, when symptoms do occur they may include fever, arthralgia, maculopapular rash, and conjunctivitis.
In addition, Zika virus infection during pregnancy have been reported to cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, and is associated with other adverse pregnancy outcomes.