Will the Southern States See More Zika Infections?

Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS), Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses if southern states will see more Zika infections.

Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS), Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses if southern states will see more Zika infections.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“It’s really hard to say whether [in] the mosquito populations of Texas, Louisiana, or really the southern-most states, whether the sequence of events—where a returning traveler comes home [with an infection] and a mosquito biting that traveler becomes infected and then bit[es] somebody else—[is] likely to occur. I think certainly all the ingredients are there for some limited local transmission to occur.”