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Zika Virus Infections Down This Summer

The following appeared in USA Today on July 12.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Zika, the virus that sparked widespread concern last year? It’s on the wane, at least for now.

The number of people infected with Zika is down substantially this year in the United States, reflecting a precipitous drop in mosquito-borne virus infections in Puerto Rico and other overseas locations.

New York, for instance, has reported 155 Zika infections at last count, a figure that’s 56% lower than at the same point last year. Only 30 of them have been in upstate New York, including just one case in Monroe County. Monroe ended last year with 22 Zika cases, far more than any other upstate county.

The same scenario is playing out elsewhere in the U.S. for the same basic reason — the Zika infection rate has cratered in some one-time hot spots in just 12 months’ time. That has made it considerably less likely that Americans will pick up the virus while traveling abroad this summer.

And with fewer Americans bringing the virus home with them, local transmission of Zika in the U.S. has become much less likely.

In fact, not a single case of local Zika transmission has been found so far this year.

Last year there were 224 people in South Florida and southern Texas who physicians said contracted the virus from the bite of local mosquitoes.

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