The increasing numbers of Zika cases in the United States has led the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to activate rapid response teams to deal with outbreaks and deaths.
According to reports, these CDC Emergency Response Teams (CERT) assist local authorities with investigating cases of highly communicable diseases. One such case is in Utah and that case has officials in that state and CDC officials baffled.
A man seems to have contracted the virus from his now deceased father, but the CDC still doesn’t know how. The Associated Press reports that the man told authorities that he kissed and hugged his dying father. Those actions hadn’t previously been associated with transmission of the disease. Dr. Angela Dunn with the Utah Department of Health told the AP the case may lead to more research into whether the disease can be transmitted through tears or bowel movements.
Closer to home here in Florida, there have been 823 confirmed cases according the state’s department of health. The department has 20 ongoing investigations - 16 Miami-Dade County, three in Palm Beach County and one in Pinellas County.
If anyone believes they’ve been exposed to the virus, all Florida county departments of health offer free Zika risk assessment and testing for pregnant women.
To guard against Zika citizens should remove all standing water on their property, keep their air conditioning on, keep arms and legs covered, and use mosquito repellant.