Cases of Zika virus continue to grow in United States

Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 29, 2016

The Zika virus is continuing to spread across the United States and its territories, according to a new report by the Department of Health & Human Services. 

As of Wednesday, July 27, there were more than 6,400 cases of the Zika virus reported across the United States and its territories. That is an increase of 1,200 cases compared to last week alone. U.S. territories, like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, were hit the hardest, with 4,750 cases of Zika confirmed. There have been significantly fewer cases in mainland United States, with only 1,658 confirmed reports of the Zika virus..

According to the Health & Human Services report, there were more than 850 pregnant woman with evidence of Zika virus. The numbers for infected pregnant women are nearly even across states and territories, with 433 women in the mainland and 422 in the territories reported to have the virus. 

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there have been between 18 and 50 reported cases of Zika virus in Ohio. The states hit the hardest are Florida, Texas, New York and California.