- The possible transfer of the zikavirus by indigenous mosquitoes has rung alarm bells in the White House.
US President Barack Obama kept up by telephone with Rick Scott, Governor of Florida. In the Sunshine State health authorities discovered a Monday zikabesmetting presumably not incurred abroad but in their own regions. That would be a first.
Also in Europe are no known cases yet. Patients were invariably stung by a mosquito in one of the risk areas, particularly in South and Central America where the latest outbreak was. In a rare case the disease was transmitted through sexual contact.
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The main distributor is the gelekoortsmug (Aedes aegypti). Which is also found in Florida and other southern states like Louisiana and Texas, but has so far not suspected because of risk of infection. Obama Scott assistance from the government has offered to further research and possible mosquito control.