A really big name is coming to Texas — bigger than Oympic powerhouse Simone Biles. It's the international sensation, Zika!
"I would not be surprised if we see cases in Texas and Louisiana," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease told ABC This Week Sunday, "particularly now where you have the situation with flooding in Louisiana."
All the recent flooding along the Gulf Coast has been like an "Open All Night" sign for potential Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
"As you're policing your own property, looking for breeding sites and emptying out dog bowls and stuff, don't forget the gutters.... The mosquitoes love to breed in your gutters," Dr. David Persse of Houston's Public Health Authority.
So far, Harris County has seen 32 Zika cases. Dallas County, 27. Tarrant County, which includes Fort Worth and Arlington, 14. But none of those victims have been infected in Texas.
Unlike Miami Beach, where they had five local cases just last week.
"Florida's really the first place where we've ever been able to get ahead of the virus," Persse said. "And then see if our public health efforts and strategies are gonna be effective. Hopefully, they are successful and we'll be able to replicate them here if we need to."
And it's not just pregnant women who need to worry.
"Everyone of us is a potential Petri dish to grow lots and lots of virus that we can then spread to our mosquitoes locally that then does go on to the pregnant woman who lives at the end of the street," Persse said. "So every single one of us needs to be concerned about this, whether you're a man, or even if you're a woman but you're not planning on getting pregnant. We've all got some responsibility here."
You read it, folks: Zika's coming. Let's work together, so it doesn't stick around long.