Poll: Are you concerned about the transmission of Zika virus?

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MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 06: A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. This is the second round of aerial spraying in the area as the county continues to try and prevent the Zika virus from spreading. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid the area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here is what we know about Zika virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
  • The Florida Department of Health has identified an area in one neighborhood of Miami where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Friday, August 19 that there are five locally transmitted cases of Zika in an area of Miami Beach. Discovering how to combat the spread of the virus is on-going.

Are you concerned about the transmission of Zika virus?

 

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