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Zika Virus Likely to Spread in U.S. ‘In the Next Month or So,’ Official Says

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MCALLEN, TX - APRIL 14:  City environmental health specialists Gerardo Valdez (L), and Aaron Salazar transfer live mosquitos caught for testing on April 14, 2016 in McAllen, Texas. City workers are catching mosquitos and sending them to labs to test for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Health departments, especially in areas along the Texas-Mexico border, are preparing for the expected arrival of the Zika Virus, carried by the aegypti mosquito, which is endemic to the region. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced this week that Zika is the definitive cause of birth defects seen in Brazil and other countries affected by the outbreak.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
MCALLEN, TX - APRIL 14: City environmental health specialists Gerardo Valdez (L), and Aaron Salazar transfer live mosquitos caught for testing on April 14, 2016 in McAllen, Texas. City workers are catching mosquitos and sending them to labs to test for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Health departments, especially in areas along the Texas-Mexico border, are preparing for the expected arrival of the Zika Virus, carried by the aegypti mosquito, which is endemic to the region. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced this week that Zika is the definitive cause of birth defects seen in Brazil and other countries affected by the outbreak. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The following is an excerpt from Melissa Chan | May 23, 2016 | Time.com |

There are more than 500 cases of the Zika virus in the U.S.

The Zika virus will likely begin spreading in the U.S. “in the next month or so,” a top health official said Sunday, highlighting the need for “forceful preparation.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the federal government needs to ensure any local outbreaks of the disease don’t spread widely. “We already have Zika in the United States. But it is travel-related,” Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.

“The concern is that we will have local transmission,” he added. “In other words, people who get infected in the United States, get bitten by a mosquito, but who have never left the continental United States. We fully expect that that will happen as we get to the more robust mosquito season in the next month or so.”

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