Zika virus: Down, but not out

Zika virus has largely disappeared from the Americas. No additional countries have reported active local transmission of Zika since late 2016, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Provisional data from the CDC show that in 2017, 424 cases of symptomatic Zika virus disease cases were reported in the United States, and 644 cases — excluding congenital disease — were reported in its territories. This year, health officials have recorded only one case of Zika virus disease so far in the U.S., reported in a traveler returning from an affected area.

Although the immediate threat of an outbreak has passed in the U.S., Zika has had significant and devastating aftereffects. Children born with microcephaly and other birth defects associated with Zika continue to struggle with these disabilities.

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