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Zika Virus Outbreak: What You Need to Know
Date: March 4, 2016
Although Zika is not a significant threat to the United States, there have been several reported cases. South and Central America are the countries at greatest risks.
Zika virus is transmitted through bites from female mosquitoes infected with the virus, it is also transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. Sometimes symptoms do not show. The virus is treatable but could cause lasting effects in pregnant women and their children.
WHO (World Health Organization) is working to help stop the spread of the virus. They are sending people to infected areas to take reasonable precautions.
Ways you can prevent contacting Zika Virus:
*Avoid traveling to South and Central America, if possible, until the outbreak is under control.
*Mosquito-Proof. Since the virus is primarily spread through mosquitoes, protect yourself and outside of your home:
*Don’t leave standing water outside, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
*Use citronella, such as candles or EPA approved wristbands to deter mosquitoes away from you.
*Use mosquito repellent spray or lotion, such as DEET.
*Avoid exposed skin.
*Stay indoors during high mosquito activity.