Traveler Carries Zika From Florida to Texas

Aug 17, 2016

Credit Novartis AG / Flickr Creative Commons

This week, a Texas resident caught Zika in Florida and brought it home, according to health officials in Texas. This means Zika's now spreading from state to state, reports NBC News.

This is just more evidence that, once the disease infects people in an area, it can easily spread. The traveler picked up the disease in Miami, where 30 cases have been reported. However, there's no evidence the virus is spreading in Florida like it has across Latin America.

But there isn’t enough money or resources to know for sure. Congress has gone on a break without having allocated any cash for the Zika problem.

Zika circulates in blood and semen and can also be found in saliva and urine. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main cause of dissemination, but the virus can also be spread sexually. Both Texas and Florida have Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.