On July 4, a patient was found with three of the four classic symptoms of Zika virus, which include fever and joint pains.
There are already 1,600 cases of the dreadful virus in continental United States. According to the New York Times, in all cases, the Zika virus was contracted from other geographical locations, like Latin America or the Caribbean. But this one case was something health officials were dreading.
This person was the first in the continental United States to have been infected from the bite of a local mosquito.
Currently, health officials are investigating 17 suspected cases of locally transmitted Zika. This included 13 cases linked to a 500-square-foot area linked to two neighboring businesses in the Wynwood section of Miami.
There is a constant scientific inquiry over South Florida, with more local cases being identified. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carries the virus, are always one step ahead. However, officials are sure that Zika will never be able to take over the United States.
According to the Telegraph, Joe Blackman, an employee of Miami-Dade County mosquito control, is fighting on the front line to stop the spread of Zika. But Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado does not agree with labeling the area as ground zero.
“We are testing 1,000 mosquitoes a day for the virus, and not one has tested positive,” he said. “We have been going through Wynwood, inch by inch, spraying and warning people. So I’d argue that this is actually one of the safest parts of Miami – not Ground Zero.”
Dr. Lyle Petersen of the CDC said that the continental United States has better mosquito control. This is because there is more air-conditioning than other countries grappling with the virus. According to Petersen, there will be a few local transmission and rare outbreaks, and these will be easily containable with a targeted response.