A new outbreak of the Zika Virus in the United States has become the deadliest in the country’s history, with at least 4,600 deaths.
The outbreak is expected to be more severe than the one that began last month in Puerto Rico and neighboring states, with an expected surge of up to 3 million cases by late April.
Health officials estimate that the death toll will reach 6,400.
Health experts say the new outbreak will make it harder for the U.S. to meet the targets for limiting the spread of the virus in its territory and to keep the nation safe.
The virus is spreading more rapidly than at any time since the virus first surfaced in 1947, prompting a series of emergency measures by the Trump administration, including a freeze on travel and a halt on the construction of new schools and housing projects.
The Trump administration has said it is working with health officials to figure out what can be done to stem the virus’ spread.
The government has also suspended all travel and all construction projects, and the Trump Administration has been using social media to try to encourage people to seek care for the virus, including via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.