Why the United States is so vulnerable to the alarming spread of Zika virus

January 27, 2016 1:02 PM

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Why the United States is so vulnerable to the alarming spread of Zika virus

With the Zika virus now circulating in two dozen countries and territories across the Americas, the mosquito-borne pathogen seems destined to reach the United States and likely sooner rather than later.

What is far less certain, say public health and infectious disease experts, is Zika’s potential reach and impact here. The South is seen as especially vulnerable because of its warm, humid climate and pockets of poverty where more people live without air-conditioning or proper window screens. Plus, ...

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