JACKSONVILLE, Fla – A mosquito-borne virus that threatens unborn babies is making news every night and yet you likely don’t know much about it.
In fact, you, like many Americans, think Zika only matters if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
Beginning Monday September 19th, First Coast News presents: #ProjectZika
We decided to learn more about the virus being considered a major health emergency by city, state and federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control.
#ProjectZika will teach you what changes you need to make in your sex life, in your personal habits, how experts are combating the virus there, how religion comes into play, and how many people from Puerto Rico are migrating to Florida.
We sent a team to Puerto Rico. The US territory has the second most number of Zika cases in the world.
Our team found that locals, the ones who need to use bug spray, clear up standing water, and maybe even change the way they have sex, are apathetic to all of it.
When people talk about Zika on the island, they feel a duty to change the narrative about their home.
They want main land America to hear something like this: 'As long as you wear bug spray, you'll be fine. You should wear shorts, get tan and drink too much rum.'
If you're pregnant, they don't say, "don't come to Puerto Rico."
Our team has also been talking with experts across Florida who are bracing for a fight.
Already, there are reports of testing backlogs, lack of funding, even some fertility clinics closing.
This is just the beginning.
You can follow #ProjectZika by looking for the hashtag on social media platforms.