The CDC Zika Page

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: December 9, 2016

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus), but can also be spread during sex by a person infected with Zika to his or her sex partners. Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms, but for those who do, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, … continue reading.

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Texas reports first case of Zika likely from local mosquitoes

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: December 1, 2016

Texas officials announced Monday that a woman who tested positive for the Zika virus is likely the first case transmitted by a mosquito in the state. The woman lives in the Rio Grande Valley’s Cameron County on the far southeastern tip of Texas on the Gulf Coast and Mexican border, according to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services. The patient said she has not … continue reading.

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Zika counts rise in Florida as more nations note microcephaly

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: November 18, 2016

Florida officials have confirmed more locally transmitted Zika, and Argentina and Guadeloupe have reported their first congenital microcephaly cases. Ongoing spread in Miami Beach, Little River The Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) reported six new cases of locally acquired Zika yesterday and today. Yesterday the Florida Health reported three new locally acquired cases of Zika, and one new case in a non-Florida resident who had recently traveled to Miami. Two of the local cases … continue reading.

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Florida’s Surgeon General dispatched a letter to Miami Mayor demanding a comprehensive breakdown for combating Zika

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: October 28, 2016

One day after the nation’s top-ranking infectious disease expert praised Miami-Dade for its response to a local Zika outbreak, Florida’s Surgeon General dispatched a letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez demanding a comprehensive breakdown of spending, specific data on mosquito surveillance and a plan for combating the virus’ spread through winter and into next year. Noting that Florida has budgeted $12.1 million to help Miami-Dade pay for the costs of responding to Zika — including aerial … continue reading.

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‘Zika mosquito’ eggs found in the UK

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: October 20, 2016

People in Stanford near Folkestone in Kent, have been sent letters telling them Asian tiger mosquito eggs had been discovered nearby. Public Health England said no further evidence of the insect had been detected. It said there was "currently no risk to public health in the UK". Jolyon Medlock, head of medical entomology at Public Health England (PHE), said: "We regularly monitor mosquito species and look for any which are new to the UK. "Enhanced … continue reading.

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Palm Beach County has first case of locally-acquired Zika virus

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: August 9, 2016

The first case of locally-acquired Zika virus has arrived in Palm Beach County. Gov. Rick Scott said Monday the infected person recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, ground zero for an outbreak of Zika acquired through domestic mosquitoes. State health officials are attempting to determine where the unidentified person contracted the virus. Before Monday’s announcement, the state said that 20 people in Palm Beach County had been infected while traveling outside the United States to countries … continue reading.

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CDC issues historic travel warning over Miami Zika outbreak

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: August 2, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease, according to agency spokesman Tom Skinner. The warning came after 10 additional people in Florida … continue reading.

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Four individuals in Florida infected with the Zika by local mosquitoes

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: July 29, 2016

Four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Florida health officials said Friday. These are the first known cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States. "While no mosquitoes trapped tested positive for the Zika virus, the department believes these cases were likely transmitted through infected mosquitoes in this area," according to a statement from the Florida Department of Health. … continue reading.

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Fearing Zika, FDA Asks 2 Florida Counties To Halt Blood Donations

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: July 29, 2016

There's been a looming fear that mosquitoes would start spreading the Zika virus in the U.S. Now that possibility seems increasingly real. On Thursday, senior officials at the Food and Drug Administration said they have asked blood donation centers in two Florida counties, Miami-Dade and Broward, to stop collecting blood for the time being. The move came after investigators ruled out travel as the cause of four cases of Zika virus in those counties. Florida … continue reading.

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WHO revises sex guidelines for Zika prevention

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: July 27, 2016

If you've traveled to any country with a current outbreak of Zika, you should wait a full eight weeks to have unprotected sex or attempt to conceive a baby, even if you have no symptoms of the disease, the World Health Organization said today. Previous guidance suggested taking precautions or abstaining for only four weeks. Men who have had any Zika - like symptoms such as rash, fever, red eyes and painful joints or muscles … continue reading.

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