Study: Orlando at risk of Zika Virus outbreak

New research from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found key factors will combine this summer that will put Florida at risk of a Zika Virus outbreak.

Researchers used computer simulations run by researchers at NCAR and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to come up with their data.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for the Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The research combines the expected proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito based on location and weather conditions.  It also takes into account the number of international travelers arriving from Zika zones.

According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, about 80 percent of infected people do not have significant symptoms, others may have cold or flu-like symptoms.   

Scientists are investigating a link between contracting the disease during pregnancy and a rare birth defect called Microcephaly.

Microcephaly causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

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