A leading health expert in the United Kingdom has warned the British against considering a holiday in the southern part of the U.S., particularly Florida.
According to Professor Jimmy Whitworth of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in a report from the Daily Mail, the dreaded virus could soon reach the U.S. anytime soon.
Whitworth issued the statement following calls to postpone the upcoming Rio Olympics after the country recorded confirmed cases of Zika infection in the past few months, and after Florida recorded several confirmed cases as well.
However, there is still no evidence suggesting mosquitoes in Florida are infected with the virus, since all who tested positive were infected abroad, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
Florida is home to different attractions and several tropical beaches that attract thousands of British tourists each year, especially the popular Disney World. Apart from Florida, Whitworth also warned those traveling to Texas and Louisiana to look for alternative destinations without the threat of Zika.
“At the moment, if you said to me, ‘I’m going to Disney World tomorrow,’ I’d say, Go for it! That’s fine’. Because we don’t think there’s any Zika in mosquitoes in the US right now. But will there be, in two or three months’ time? Well, there might be, as the situation might change,” Whitworth told the Daily Mail.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Zika virus is transmitted by infected mosquito Aedes Aegypti—the same mosquito that carries and transmits the Dengue virus.
The CDC noted that adults who got infected by Zika rarely die of the disease. However, severe effects of Zika have been recorded among pregnant women, especially on the developing fetus. The most common adverse effect of Zika among infants is microcephaly or the abnormal smallness of the infant’s head.