Zika Developments- Week of August 1, 2016
With every day, more and more news headlines bring details about Zika, its spread, and the U.S.’ various response. Here’s a short roundup:
- Numbers of cases of Zika in the U.S. continue to rise, as more and more citizens are tested. In the Miami area, the number of confirmed cases has risen to fifteen. At least 33 members of the military have tested positive for Zika, including one pregnant woman.
- The first clinical trial of a potential Zika vaccine is underway, although continued progress depends on Congressional funding, which is running low. One of the trial sites for a Zika vaccine includes the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
- The FDA is considering a proposal to use genetically modified mosquitos to help battle Zika. The mosquitos have been modified so their offspring would die before being able to reproduce.
- Florida started aerial pesticide spraying a 10-square-mile area. Puerto Rico has considered the same measure, but it has been met with resistance by some, citing concerns about its impact on the health and the environment, among other things.