Zika Virus in the U.S.: How to Stay Safe

New cases in Florida were likely caused by local mosquitos.While the spread of the Zika virus this summer has been terrifying, we were at least comforted by the fact that the disease-carrying mosquitos hadn’t arrived in the U.S. That is, until now: On Friday, July 29, Florida health officials said there’s a high likelihood that four cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the state were transmitted locally.

We do know that Zika can be transmitted via sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 14 reported cases (one of these is from a female to a male) of this type of transmission in the U.S. Always, always, always practice safe sex.

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