Zika cases are down dramatically compared to last summer

Zika virus numbers are way down, officials say, because the disease isn’t as rampant in global hotspots this year, so fewer infected American travelers are returning home to spread it.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.  Erik F. Brandsborg / Flickr

By this time last year, states like Texas were grappling with worrisome numbers of people infected with the Zika virus. Those numbers are way down, officials say, because the disease isn’t as rampant in global hotspots this year, so fewer infected American travelers are returning home to spread it. (USA Today)