Not to totally ruin your Fri-yay, but there’s some important Zika news you need to know about. Four Florida residents have been infected by the virus, CNN reports—sadly, that means Zika-carrying mosquitos are migrating to the States.
While there have been other cases of people in the US who have contracted Zika, the four residents of Miami-Dade and Broward counties are the first to be infected here at home.
And if you’ve been covering your eyes and ears and pretending this whole Zika thing isn’t happening (we feel ya, but take a deep breath…), here’s a rundown of what you need to know: It’s transmitted through mosquitos, sex, and pregnancy (from mother to fetus), and getting infected results in flu-like symptoms before turning deadly.
So far, Zika-carrying mosquitos have been confined to Central America, South America, the Pacific Islands, and Cape Verde in Africa. That’s why today’s news is such a bombshell.
Freaking out? The best thing you can do is protect yourself from mosquitos as best you can using bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants, and avoiding damp places where mosquitos are likely to hang out.
Rest assured that scientists are really, really trying to formulate a vaccine—and they’re coming close. And if you’re traveling to Rio for the Olympics, or other parts of the world where Zika is a risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some tips.
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