The spread of the Zika virus across Central and South America has put many American citizens in a panic over the possibility that the virus could spread across the border and into our own country. However, officials say the danger to U.S. citizens isn’t anything to get too worried about just yet. Officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention expect the outbreak in the U.S. to be mild.
One reason we don’t need to worry overmuch is that the U.S. already has a wealth of experience dealing with the outbreak of imported pathogens. We’ve already had to fight against SARS, H1N1, MERS, and Ebola among others. With all this previous experience the U.S. has become pretty adept at thwarting these kinds of illnesses. Another reason is that, unlike the countries in which the Zika virus has already spread, the use of air conditioning and screens on our windows is common in the U.S., which greatly reduces the danger of being bitten while inside your own home.
Officials in the U.S. have already responded very quickly to the threat of the Zika virus, meaning our country is pretty prepared for the spread of the virus, unlike the countries that have already been effected. All in all, the U.S. is on top of things, and there’s no need to panic just yet.
Have you been worrying about the possible spread of the Zika virus to the U.S.? Do you think our officials are doing a good job of preparing citizens for the possibility?