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A health worker shows larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found inside a warehouse during an operation to combat the mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Brazil's health minister Marcelo Castro says the country is sending some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects, but he also says the war is already being lost. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Obama administration health official said he doubts the United States is vulnerable to a widespread outbreak of a virus linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the Zika virus — suspected of being connected to microcephaly — hopefully can be kept at bay with "mosquito vector control."
Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, appeared on "CBS This Morning." He told interviews administration officials do not believe there are major ways of spreading the virus "other than by mosquito bites."
Health officials suspect that Zika is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil in which babies have small heads.
President Barack Obama hosted a meeting of federal health specialists on the issue earlier this week.