Wednesday, January 13, 2016

With First Texas Zika Case, Vaccine Desperately Needed, Expert Says

A recent U.S. case of Zika, a tropical disease linked to serious birth defects in the children of infected pregnant women, was diagnosed in the Houston area of Texas two days ago. This case was an imported case, so the individual arrived in the U.S. from Latin America with the illness rather than catching it in Texas, but experts worry that when the weather warms up, indigenous transmission in the U.S. could occur. This is not the first case ever in the U.S., but it is the first reported in Texas and the first since the disease began spreading throughout Latin America.*

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