We have had a case of Zika virus show up in Texas in a woman who has not traveled to an affected area. It's believed that she contracted the illness through sexual contact with an infected individual.
Zika Virus Outbreak Updates: Dallas Case Spotlights Sexual Transmission - ABC News
In addition to concerns about birth defects occurring in children of infected mothers, there seems to be a disturbing incidence of Guillain Barre associated with it. The anti vaxxers would have you believe that vaccines are the cause of GBS, but the fact is that it is more often associated with actual infection of various viruses and bacterial infections.
I wonder if this virus is going to be the "next big thing."
Feb 12, '16
The aedes aegyti AND the aedes albopictus are BOTH natural vectors for the Zika virus. Aegypti are less common/ less broadly established BUT the albopictus are all over the eastern US and in large numbers. They are hearty, aggressive, and adaptive. We do have something to worry about. (I studied medical entomology and have a little research under my belt.)
There's a map for the US distribution for the two aedes mosquitoes on the second page:
Surveillance and Control of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States | Chikungunya virus | CDC
Last edit by ConcreteCowgirl on Feb 12, '16
Feb 13, '16
There is information going around now that supposedly the zika virus isnt the cause of the microcephaly but apparently brazil was requiring pregnant women to get the dtap vaccine and that caused it? Zika has been around for several decades and why it would be causing birth defects now seems odd. Not saying I believe that theory 100% but I dont trust the fda or cdc 100% either.
Last edit by RunnerNurse09 on Feb 13, '16
: Reason: Typo