The baby bed bug is spreading Zika in the United States, and the state health department said Friday it’s concerned that many of the babies in the country are infected.
The bed bug, commonly known as a bed bug that can be found in most US cities, can transmit the virus to babies who have not been vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 1,000 babies have been infected with Zika in Texas, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, Florida Keys, Georgia and the Carolinas.
A CDC spokesperson said the agency was investigating whether the beds bugs are present in a larger number of babies and that there was no reason to believe that the outbreak is limited to specific cities.
“There is a concern that we are seeing a surge in cases of Zika in some communities,” said Dr. William Schaffner, the health commissioner for the state of Florida.
“We do know that these bed bugs have been circulating in some areas of the state and we do know there have been some reports of infections in a few communities.”
Texas Health Commissioner Dr. Rosemary Gonzalez said that while bed bugs can be very contagious, she believes it’s not a threat to babies.
“If it’s a risk for infants, it’s something we would want to take into consideration,” Gonzalez said.
“So, for us, it is a risk to our babies.”
A bed bug can live for about two weeks, so it’s possible that many people in Texas will get sick if they’re bitten.
The CDC has not confirmed any cases of the disease, but the outbreak has been in Texas for months.
The US is at least the sixth country to be hit by a Zika outbreak.