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CDC expects Zika transmission via mosquitoes in U.S.

There hasn't been transmission by mosquitoes within the U.S., but the CDC says it fears it could only be a matter of time.

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - China is reporting its first case of the Zika virus in a man who recent traveled to Venezuela.

And the number of cases in the U.S. is growing.

Overnight, health officials confirmed 66 Americans who have traveled to affected countries and are infected. Those cases are in 17 states and Washington D.C.

The latest addition is right over our border in Indiana.

There hasn't been transmission by mosquitoes within the U.S., but the CDC says it fears it could only be a matter of time.

"We do expect limited local transmission in some of the southern states," said Principal Deputy Director of the CDC Dr. Anne Schuchat. "In the winter months now, we have a chance to get ahead of this"

President Obama has asked Congress for more than $1.8-billion in emergency funding to respond to the Zika virus.

But his administration says they don't want to take from the money designated to fighting the Ebola virus.



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