Zika Virus News: Health Officials Warn That Zika Could Spread To Texas and Louisiana; How Pregnant Obstetrician Faces Zika?[VIDEO]By Sarah T., UniversityHerald Reporter
Zika virus is still a big problem in Florida. In a new report, health officials warned the public that this virus may spread to Texas and Louisiana.
The mosquitoes that carry virus has started to spread from a small suburban community in South Florida to South Beach, one of the most popular tourist spots in Florida. On Friday, August 19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women not to travel to the Zika zone areas. The officials added that they should postpone their trip to the Zika zone areas.
On Sunday, August 21, the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, told ABC's "This Week," that the spread of the virus may get worse soon. He added he will not be surprised if there are Zika reports in Texas and Louisiana, where there's a flood problem.
The World Health Organization (WH)} said Zika may be responsible for thousands of babies born with a severe birth defect known as microcephaly, and adults with neurological conditions. There are more than 50 countries that have been affected by the Zika outbreak, including Brazil, according to The Washington Post.
The health officials said the arrival of Zika is inevitable due to the way the mosquitoes travel during the summer months. In August, the researchers announced that they started the first trial of a vaccine in some human volunteers.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Dr. Karla Maguire, a pregnant obstetrician in Miami, is also worrying about the her health condition, and her baby. Due to the spread of Zika in South Florida, she avoids going to beaches, according to CNN.
She told the publication that she is upset because she can't take her son to the park because of the outbreak. Maguire's due with her second son is in February. In order to avoid mosquito bites, she stays indoors to ensure her safety and her second baby.