As the Zika virus situation has worsened across the U.S., Mass. DPH has issued this updated Zika Virus Clinical Advisory. DPH notes that both calls to its epidemiologists and suspected samples sent to the state laboratory increased over the past week.
The most significant concern associated with Zika virus infection is for pregnant women. This past week a Texas infant whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died shortly after birth. The total number of confirmed cases (as of Thursday) in South Florida was 25. Those cases are most likely being spread by U.S. mosquitoes.