Almost 300 women in the United States have been found to test positive for the Zika virus, according to a new report from the Center for Disease Control. The Zika virus has been known to cause birth defects like microcephaly when it infects pregnant women. It is also possibly linked to other neurological disorders, and scientists are scrambling to find out the extent of conditions caused by Zika. The virus is a mosquito-borne illness that is transferred via mosquito bites, and has also been documented as transferable through sexual contact from man to woman. Female to male transfer of the virus has not yet been documented.
Many South American countries are experiencing a Zika virus epidemic, one such country being Brazil where the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held. Despite the fact that there have been roughly 1,300 cases of microcephaly potentially related to the Zika virus, the Olympics are well on their way to being sold out.
Meanwhile, here in the United States, the virus is not nearly as widespread as in our southern neighbors. However, the latest report from the CDC shows that the United States still has a long way to go before we can stop worrying about the Zika virus completely.