WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — In the latest in a string of cases of the Zika pandemic that has gripped the U.S., scientists are warning that a state like Florida could become the latest to experience a large surge of cases and fatalities.
“If we’re seeing more cases in Florida, that’s not necessarily a good thing,” Dr. David Schindler, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases told CBSDC.
Florida, home to nearly 200,000 people, has seen its population increase by more than 400,000, and with the arrival of a new strain of the virus, experts say they’re seeing an uptick in new cases.
“We have a high level of transmission, especially of the older virus.
It is a major challenge to the state of Florida.
We’re seeing a tremendous number of cases,” Schindlers chief of infectious diseases, Dr. Elizabeth Schindles, told CBS DC.
Florida has experienced some of the most severe cases, but other states, like Pennsylvania, are seeing fewer cases.
“The concern is that we’ll see a higher incidence in Pennsylvania and a greater number of people that are getting more severe infections,” Schinder said.
Florida has seen more than 1,200 cases of Zika in the last three weeks alone.
The virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with unusually small heads and limbs.
In the last week alone, Florida has seen at least four new cases of microcephi.
The new strain has caused widespread concern in the U., with many governors in the states like Florida and Ohio refusing to release more information about the outbreak, citing privacy concerns.
“We are seeing a significant increase in cases and deaths in Florida.
And we’re going to continue to see this type of uptick,” said Dr. Jennifer Rafferty, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
Florida’s state health department said the state’s population grew by nearly 4 million people in 2016, bringing the total number of residents in the state to nearly 26 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report in March estimating that the number of Americans infected with the virus has increased by nearly 30 percent since 2014.
More than 2.3 million people have been tested for the virus in the United States, and nearly one in five Americans are infected with it.
In California, more than a dozen counties have seen a spike in cases of dengue fever, including Los Angeles County, where two people have died.
The disease is spread by the dengua virus and has been spreading for decades, though there has been no vaccine for dengues.
The dengus have also been spreading around the globe, including to Puerto Rico, which is facing an outbreak of the disease.
“Dengue is not the only thing that is on the rise.
The trend is that there are also a lot of new cases in many other states.
There is no shortage of new virus in other states,” said Schindel.
The CDC also warned that there could be new outbreaks of Zika across the U, which could lead to a larger number of deaths.
“There’s no reason for us to stop worrying about cases, because the virus continues to move,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.