On July 29, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that public health officials in Florida confirmed mosquito populations capable of carrying the disease as well as additional cases of the Zika virus in the Miami area. The information suggests that the disease is being actively spread in the U.S. for the first time, after it initially began to develop in Brazil in 2015. As of the time of the press release, four people were believed to be infected.
Following the development, the CDC issued a travel advisory on Aug. 1 that recommended pregnant women and their partners avoid traveling to the area just north of downtown Miami. According to the agency’s spokesman Tom Skinner, it is the first time that the government organization has warned the public to stay away from a neighborhood in the U.S. due to the threat of an infectious disease. Those living in the affected area are advised to take steps to prevent both mosquito bites and sexual transmission.
As Zika becomes an increasing concern to public health officials across the country, explore this infographic to discover what you need to know about the virus: