- By Deborah Balzer
Mayo Clinic Minute: Zika Endemic Areas
Zika virus has been reported in Belize, adding to the number of countries where Zika-infected mosquitoes have been found to be spreading the disease. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 358 travel-associated Zika virus cases, though none has been acquired locally. The concern is that the imported cases potentially could result in the virus migrating to Florida, and southeast and southwest regions of the U.S.
Here are two terms to know:
- Locally acquired — Refers to a person who has not traveled recently and gets bitten by an infected mosquito where he or she lives, works or plays.
- Imported case — Refers to a person bitten by an infected mosquito while traveling away from home.
Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, in collaboration with the Butantan Institute in Brazil, is working on a vaccine to protect against Zika virus. Mayo Clinic vaccine specialist Dr. Gregory Poland is leading the research team.
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