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.
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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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