The United States is expecting more than 4 million cases of the Zika virus to occur in just the Western hemisphere, with over 100 cases having been reported in America as of February, according to a new government oversight report, which further disclosed that the origins and transmission of the virus are still not “fully understood.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recorded “107 cases of continental U.S. travel-associated Zika virus” as of Feb. 24, according to the report, which notes that several U.S. states have mosquito populations capable of transmitting the virus. At least 39 additional cases have been reported in U.S. territories.
Government officials warned that the virus is likely to spread throughout the Americas, with intelligence community insiders predicting more than 4 million cases in the Western hemisphere alone.
As the Zika virus outbreak reaches “epidemic levels,” the CDC is warning that aspects of the disease have yet to be understood. This includes information about Zika’s transmission.