Six confirmed Zika cases in Maryland so far this year
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- In 2017 so far, six Marylanders who have traveled in South America, Central America or Florida, have tested positive for the Zika virus.
Johns Hopkins Hospital has one of the most comprehensive centers for Zika treatment in the nation.
Dr. William May with Hopkins Wilmer Eye Clinic said, "we can use the word epidemic because epidemic is defined by rapidly increasing rate of a disease. What we expect that there will be some additional transmission by mosquitoes coming up this summer and how much of that there is will determine to what we degree of an epidemic we have."
New studies show even in adults the Zika virus can have devastating consequences, and a bigger impact on adults than first thought.
Dr. May adds, "There's a danger of paralysis and heart disease."
The best advice from experts? Mosquito protection including mosquito-resistant clothing and mosquito repellent.