The Zika Virus has been confirmed to be present in all of the 50 states the U.S. and it’s territories. This has been discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who analyzed the data behind all 43,485 laboratory confirmed Zika Virus cases.
Intially, it was theorized that the biggest ‘hot zone’ of the Zika Virus was in Miami, Florida, but because of the warmer weather nation wide and the higher levels of immigration, the virus has been spreader further than initially anticipated. The CDC has released a statement saying all these conditions have combined to create a perfect storm for an elevated risk factor for a pandemic Zika Virus transmission.
Every state in the U.S. now has Zika cases. Florida is still the leader with 1,114 cases; followed by New York with 1,016 cases; and California a fast-rising third with 529 cases. Wyoming and South Dakota are tied for least number of Zika cases, at just 2 each.
The CDC disclosed for the first time that there is a new elevated risk factor for pandemic Zika virus transmission is due to 363 individuals confirmed to be infected with Zika virus, are known to have donated to U.S. public blood banks.
As of March 29, there were 5,182 laboratory confirmed Zika virus cases in the 50 states and District of Columbia. Most of the cases involved patients who had traveled abroad. A smaller percentage contracted the disease through mosquito bites and sexual transmission.
As of March 29, there were 38,303 laboratory confirmed Zika virus cases in U.S. Territories. The dominant method of transmission was through mosquitos.