NIH’s Fauci: No Zika infections contracted within U.S.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, says all of the Zika infections in the United States were contracted outside the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, said on Friday (January 29) officials know of no one in the United States who has contracted Zika virus inside the U.S.
“To our knowledge, no one has been bitten by a mosquito in the United States having never left the United States and got it,” he told a group gathered in Washington, D.C. “In Puerto Rico, it’s very interesting, because Puerto Rico is not part of the states of the United States, but it is a territory. It has happened in Puerto Rico. So Puerto Rico there has been that local transmission,” Fauci said during an appearance at a luncheon held by the Economic Club in Washington.
An Illinois male resident who traveled to Colombia is the U.S. state’s third case of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, health officials said on Friday.
Earlier this month, department officials reported that two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where the Zika virus was found had tested positive for the virus.
Zika is now present in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,700 cases of the devastating birth defect called microcephaly that are strongly suspected to be related to Zika.

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