Every state in the U.S. is now affected by Zika virus, with nearly 37,000 cases in U.S. territories and nearly 5,500 cases in the continental U.S. Experts believe at least 10,000 pregnant women and more than 100,000 people are infected in the U.S. and its territories. And this epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.
Zika can result from the bite of an infected mosquito, but this dangerous virus is also transmitted sexually or through blood transfusions. When a pregnant woman is infected, her baby is at serious risk for microcephaly (an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain), seizures, deafness, blindness, and a wide range of neurological and developmental abnormalities.
Together we can control the spread of Zika and protect future generations who could be affected for the rest of their lives, including: