(accuweather.com)—Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director of the CDC, weighed in on increasing concerns of the U.S. risk this week.
“Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought,” Schuchat said. “And so while we absolutely hope we don’t see widespread local transmission in the continental U.S., we need the states to be ready for that.”
Candice Burns Hoffmann, a press officer with the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said southern areas of the U.S. have the highest risk due to weather conditions.
In a recent map, the CDC highlights the potential range of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the U.S. during 2016. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are the type that can carry Zika virus.