Infectious Disease Expert Leading US Zika Response Addresses Growing Number Of Domestic Cases

March 03, 2016 at 6:28 pm

More than 100 cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States. And here in our region, officials are reporting New York is among the more than two dozen states impacted by pesticide-resistant lice. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is leading the response to the Zika Virus, explains what you should and shouldn’t be worried about.

Details on the Zika virus:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a travel advisory urging pregnant women in the United States not to attend the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer
  • An estimated 500,000 people are expected to visit Brazil for the Olympic Games in Rio this August
  • As many as 1.5 million people are believed to have contracted the Zika virus in Brazil
  • Though Zika is not known to be fatal, it has been linked to microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with small heads and brain damage
  • More than 580 babies with microcephaly have been confirmed in Brazil, with an additional 4,100 under investigation
  • According to the CDC, nine pregnant women in the U.S. have tested positive for Zika, of which one of them gave birth to a baby with microcephaly
  • The CDC agency’s website showed a total of 107 travel-related Zika cases reported in the United States, minus its territories but as of yet, no locally acquired cases
  • Among those 107 known cases, 17 were confirmed here in New York. Florida has the most number of known cases (28), followed by Texas (13)
  • The World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency in light of the increasing concerns over the Zika epidemic