As if the flooding in Louisiana wasn’t bad enough already, The American public health experts are now warning that the Zika epidemic first identified in Latin America in February and now affecting Florida may expand throughout the Gulf states and pose a challenge to health officials for at least the next year. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s This Week

on Sunday that he expects Texas and Louisiana to join Florida in the list of U.S. states recording locally-acquired cases of Zika. Last week, Texas recorded its first Zika case confirmed to have been acquired in Florida. Multiple states, notably New Jersey and California in addition to those previously mentioned, have recorded numerous cases of Zika, though all have been acquired outside the continental United States. CONTINUE