Zika Expert Issues Warning About Visiting Disney World This Summer
The ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ might not be the happiest after all. According to Professor Jimmy Whitworth of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, this dream vacation spot will soon be likely to host Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
Professor Jimmy Whitworth says that families should avoid the southern United States for the next few months. While Zika virus hasn’t reached Florida, Texas or Louisiana yet, the rising summer temperatures give the perfect conditions for infected insects to spread state-wide.
“The primary mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, (Aedes aegypti, aka the yellow fever mosquito) is found in parts of the southeastern United States, specifically in Florida, the Gulf Coast areas and parts of Texas,” infectious disease expert Kamran Khan, MD, MPH told Dr. Oz The Good Life.
Not only that, but the CDC is expecting the number of domestic cases to increase as travelers return to the U.S. from affected areas like the Caribbean and South America.
Take comfort in knowing that the virus poses just a small risk to the vast majority of people. In reality, only pregnant women and couples trying to conceive should really reconsider their vacation plans. This is because the Zika virus primarily impacts developing fetuses by restricting brain development. The estimate of disease infection is only about one in five people.
“If you are not pregnant or not thinking of getting pregnant, then I don’t think it is something to worry about,” Whitworth told the Daily Mail.
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