How to use a Zika vaccine in the field
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that Zika vaccines are now being tested in the United States, in addition to other countries.
The CDC said the tests were conducted in Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Tennessee, New York, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Florida, Arizona and Washington.
It’s not clear how the Zika virus spreads through mosquitos or if it will be contained.
U.N. health officials have warned of a possible rise in microcephaly, a birth defect that causes abnormally small heads, as the virus sweeps through South and Central America.
The virus is transmitted through sexual contact and in contaminated areas such as stagnant water, contaminated surfaces, stagnant urine, or in contaminated water that contains other contaminants, such as feces.
The Zika virus has been found in the brain, kidney, lungs and liver of people in the Americas.
Zika can cause birth defects and birth defects in fetuses.
CDC says the Zika vaccine is safe for use in adults over the age of 6 months, with no evidence that it’s causing problems for babies.
The vaccine is designed to protect people over the course of several months from the virus.
Zika is spread through close contact, such like when a pregnant woman has sex with an infected partner or when a child is born to a woman who is infected.
Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, muscle aches, joint swelling, and joint pain or stiffness.
Some people have a milder form of the virus, called microcephi, and can remain unvaccinated.