Experts Divulge More Info on Zika Virus at Sacramento Forum

As reported by the Sacramento Bee:

A panel of experts spoke Saturday about the prevention, care, and transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus at a community forum hosted by the UC Davis Health System.

In February, Yolo County had one confirmed case of the virus. The infected, unnamed person had been traveling outside of the U.S., but made a full recovery, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The California Department of Public Health website reports that as of Friday, there have been three confirmed cases of the virus in California this year and 10 in the state since 2013. Zika is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Fever, rash, reddening of eyes and joint pain are common symptoms.

“The virus and the mosquito are found mainly in tropical and subtropical areas, and recently there have been outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County health officer. Currently, there is no vaccine or medication available to treat Zika, Kasirye said. …

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Health Warnings About Zika Virus Increase — 5 Californians Infected

As reported by the San Bernardino Sun:

Concern about Zika virus arriving to the United States from abroad rose Tuesday after federal health officials posted additional travel alerts about two more countries affected by the mosquito-borne disease.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included the United States Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic on the list of now two dozen countries and territories where Zika has been present. Last week, the CDC advised pregnant women to avoid travel to Central American, South American and Caribbean countries, including Puerto Rico.

There is no evidence of any local transmission of the Zika virus in the United States federal officials said, but it has been reported in travelers returning home. Five people in California who had traveled abroad came down with the virus, beginning in 2013, state health officials said. One adolescent girl from Los Angeles County, who had traveled …

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