Zika In The USA

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As feared, Zika is now being transmitted in the US. 10 cases have been confirmed, all in about a 1 square mile area of Miami, FL. This is clear evidence that Zika has entered the local mosquito population. Why Miami?  It has the largest number of people infected while traveling and a host mosquito population. This news has prompted the CDC to issue a travel advisory. Pregnant women are advised to avoid the area north of downtown Miami. It is important for public health that people in this and the surrounding area use mosquito repellent and have functioning window screens. Zika is not known to have non-human hosts in the US. Thus reducing or eliminating mosquito bites has the potential to eliminate the virus from the mosquito populations. It is important that people who contract Zika be isolated from the mosquito population until they are no longer infective. Similar quarantine strategies were used to eliminate Yellow Fever epidemics in the US. A problem with Zika is that many people who are infected present mild symptoms and may not know that they have the virus. This increases the difficulty of a successful quarantine.  For this reason, all persons in or near a Zika transmission area should use repellent and avoid mosquito bites.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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