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Health Department offers resources against Zika

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From Contributed Reports

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika Virus.

That is why the Edgecombe County Health Department has made it its goal to supply citizens with knowledge and equipment to better protect themselves and their loved ones against Zika Virus. The department was able to use grant funds to provide the community with some prevention tools such as educational materials, mosquito repellent and biological mosquito control dunks. The educational materials contain information on best practices, symptoms and signs, and what to do if you or a loved one have come in contact with the virus.

In 2016, the U.S. alone had 4,830 Zzika cases in travelers returning from affected areas.

Women who are pregnant and have a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with risk of Zika should use condoms or not have sex during their pregnancy. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called Microcephaly, a condition where the baby’s head is significantly smaller, often due to abnormal brain development.

Anyone who must travel to a high risk area should talk to their health care provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission during their trip.

Anyone who has the Zika Virus and plan to visit or travel, take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks so they do not spread Zika to uninfected mosquitoes. If a mosquito bites a person while he or she has Zika virus in his or her blood, the mosquito can become infected and then infect other people.

To receive a free Zika Prevention Starter-Kit, contact the Edgecombe County Health Department at 252-641-7535. For more information about the Zika Virus, contact the Edgecombe County Health Department or visit www.cdc.gov/zika.

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