The Zika virus is likely to be entrenched within the US by April or May, experts have today warned.
As the mercury rises, so too does the risk the mosquitoes which carry the virus, will reach American shores.
Zika is borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets.
The states at greatest risk of the virus are those on the Gulf Coast, but all areas where mosquitoes are typically a problem could see localized outbreaks.
Futhermore, it is almost impossible to declare an area of the US safe from Zika, because travelers arriving back from an affected region could spark a local outbreak.
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