by Allen J. Sheinman | August 04, 2017
The once rapidly growing Zika virus, reported instances of which peaked last summer, has apparently slowed down, according to the Center for Disease Control's latest update on the disease, issued today. The report finds a new total of 5,381 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States and Washington, D.C., from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 2 of this year, down slightly from 5,392 tallied last month (the CDC did not account for the dip in its new findings, but previous slight decreases have been attributed to various reporting anomalies).
This latest update found the number of locally acquired mosquito-borne cases of Zika virus reported in the U.S. at 224, a number that held steady from last month. The total number of travel-associated cases reported stood at 5,109 (down from 5,120).
In the U.S. territories, (encompassing Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the number of locally acquired cases reported since Jan. 1, 2015, reached a total of 37,007, up from 36,986 last month, with 147 travel-associated cases, up from 142 tallied this past May.
State by state, as of Aug. 2, New York City experienced the most reported new cases of the virus in 2017, with 38, while California had 20, Florida 19 and Texas 16 cases.
The CDC still cautions that the virus remains a threat, especially to pregnant women, and stresses avoiding mosquito bites if possible and using condoms to avoid sexual transmission of the disease.