For many regions of the United States, this year’s unofficial start of summer has already been marked by record-breaking rainfall, tropical temperatures and an uptick in mosquitos. With these trends, health experts are warning Americans of another potential risk — the spread of Zika virus.
The most common way to contract Zika is through bites from infected mosquitos, but the virus can also be transmitted sexually from male to partner and from a pregnant woman to her fetus. The species of mosquitos that carry the virus thrive in warm environments with as little as a drop of standing water.
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