Since testing began earlier this year, there are now 41 members of the U.S. military who have been diagnosed with the Zika virus.
According to a Pentagon official, eight new cases of the disease have been recorded in the last week. Among military personnel, one of the service members is a pregnant female. It was reported by CNN that Pentagon health policies allow female service members to move out of countries where the virus exists.
On the other hand, a senior State Department official confirmed that there are two U.S. diplomats overseas who had contracted the virus. These diplomats were providing services in countries where the virus was already present.
The number of reported Zika cases among the ranks is tracked by the military weekly. On early Wednesday, the number was at 33; however, a new update has now been given.
Amidst the crises related to the virus, seven military dependents have already been diagnosed. It shows an increase of one case since the previous week.
The Pentagon informed the press that all servicemen who had contracted the virus overseas are being provided with treatment at several undisclosed locations. This is done in order to maintain privacy issues.
“DoD is actively testing mosquitoes for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S. as part of our ongoing integrated vector control and surveillance programs at bases and installations,” said Department of Defense (DoD) spokesman Army Maj. Roger Cabiness.
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came across 15 cases of Zika in South Florida, health officials started aerial insecticide spraying of a 10-mile area in Miami-Dade County.
The spraying is administered on a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami. FOX News reported that health officials have located it as the hub of Zika virus transmission in the state.