Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Third case of Zika virus confirmed in Snohomish County

Roland Mccarthy | 04 August, 2016, 05:27

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced new funds to create a registry aimed at helping babies born with microcephaly, the birth defect stemming from mothers contracting the Zika virus.

Four people in Miami-Dade and Broward counties became the first in the nation to test positive for locally acquired Zika virus late last week. "We were hoping that the winters were too cold in the Valley and that hasn't been the case, so they've been able to expand".

The Leon County Health Department website, leon.floridahealth.gov, releases daily updates, including a confirmed Zika case count by county. Along with 15 local cases, Florida is monitoring 391 picked up through travel overseas, which include 55 cases involving pregnant women.

Pregnant women should not travel to Zika-affected areas.

Health officials say there's no evidence that Zika can be spread through coughing or sneezing or routine touching.

"This is an unusual neighborhood, or an emerging neighborhood", Frieden said. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. "This is the cockroach of mosquitoes".

Keep mosquitoes out of your room, day and night.

The CDC said there are now 14 cases that are thought to have occurred in Miami's Wynwood district.

The U.S. government might have underestimated how hard it would be to control Zika's spread, said University of Florida public health researcher Ira Longini.

Adding to the confusion, most people who get Zika don't even know they are sick, but that doesn't mean they don't have the virus, said Curry. "It's a national issue - we just happen to be at the forefront". We're just the tip of the spear. Reed is a member of the Appropriations Committee, who is working to ensure the $1.9 billion emergency supplemental funding request President Obama set forth in February to combat the virus. Puerto Rico has 4,699 cases, the Virgin Islands 21.

Congress isn't expected to reconvene until September.

Some 80 percent of those infected with Zika had symptoms. While the illness typically resolves within a week, some severe cases may require hospitalization.

The Zika outbreak was first detected a year ago in Brazil where it's been linked to more than 1,700 cases of microcephaly, a serious birth defect.

In 2014, Texas was at the epicenter of the hysteria over Ebola, after two nurses were the first in the U.S.to contract the deadly virus from a patient in Dallas.

The CDC recommends women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and their sexual partners postpone travel to areas with widespread Zika infection. "What is of paramount importance is that we work to prevent local transmission of the Zika virus". More information can be found online, at www.cdc.gov.

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