More than two billion people are at risk of Zika virus, experts warn, as they reveal a new map that indicates those areas at greatest risk. The southeastern US, including much of Texas to Florida, have ideal conditions for the virus to spread.
Meanwhile, a large portion of tropical and subtropical regions also have highly suitable environmental conditions, and are on the at-risk list. In total, these areas are inhabited by more than 2.17 billion people, scientists at the University of Oxford and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, estimate.
Researchers produced a fine-scale global map of Zika virus transmission, as part of their study. They identified areas of the world with similar environment and socioeconomic characterstics as areas where the virus has so far been reported. They include areas that experience precipitation and have land cover, as well as complex temperature-based virus incubation models. FULL REPORT