The first case of locally transmitted Zika virus has been confirmed in the continental U.S. According to ABC News, the virus was transmitted via mosquito bite in northern Miami. At least four people have bene infected.
“This means Florida has become the first state in our nation to have local transmission of the Zika virus," Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed. "We’re being very aggressive at testing people there we are testing the mosquitoes there and we spraying to make sure it’s contained."
As a precaution, Miami halted blood donations yesterday, according to Agence France-Presse. Surrounding areas have been advised to do the same.
According to the Associated Press, while the introduction of the virus to U.S. is frightening, U.S. health officials believe an outbreak would be much milder here than in Latin America because of our better sanitation and mosquito control.
Zika can cause serious birth defects leading to developmental problems.
"We know this virus is most detrimental to expectant mothers," Gov. Scott said. "If you are pregnant, or think you might become pregnant, contact your OB/Gyn."