[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Volume 24, Number 9—September 2018 / Synopsis
Travel-Associated Zika Cases and Threat of Local Transmission during Global Outbreak, California, USA
Charsey Cole Porse , Sharon Messenger, Duc J. Vugia, Wendy Jilek, Maria Salas, James Watt, and Vicki Kramer
Author affiliations: California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California, USA (C.C. Porse, W. Jilek, V. Kramer); California Department of Public Health, Richmond, California, USA (S. Messenger, D.J. Vugia, M. Salas, J. Watt)
Zika and associated microcephaly among newborns were reported in Brazil during 2015. Zika has since spread across the Americas, and travel-associated cases were reported throughout the United States. We reviewed travel-associated Zika cases in California to assess the potential threat of local Zika virus transmission, given the regional spread of Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes. During November 2015–September 2017, a total of 588 travel-associated Zika cases were reported in California, including 139 infections in pregnant women, 10 congenital infections, and 8 sexually transmitted infections. Most case-patients reported travel to Mexico and Central America, and many returned during a period when they could have been viremic. By September 2017, Ae. aegypti mosquitoes had spread to 124 locations in California, and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes had spread to 53 locations. Continued human and mosquito surveillance and public health education are valuable tools in preventing and detecting Zika virus infections and local transmission in California.
Keywords: Zika Virus; Zika Congenital Infection; California; USA; Mosquitoes; Aedes aegypti; Aedes albopictus.