There are growing concerns over Zika in a Miami neighborhood, where people have been contracting the virus. The Centers For Disease Control is now recommending that pregnant women in the city’s Wynwood neighborhood be screened for the virus, which can cause birth defects in infants. There is also a travel advisory for pregnant women and their partners for the Wynwood neighborhood.
Dr. Kathleen Antony is a physician specializing in maternal-fetal medicine UW Madison. She says women in Wisconsin may want to keep this in mind of they are planning to visit the Miami area. “That’s something where I think patients have to kind of think about what their level of risk tolerance is,” she said.
Aerial spraying for Zika carrying mosquitoes is expected to start in Miami/Dade County on Wednesday. Ground spraying is already underway “It’s hard to say when the rest of the city may become effected,” Antony noted. “We know that the majority of Zika cases in the United States remain travel associated. There’s only been a few cases that have been know to have been transmitted by a mosquito in the U.S.”