Reported Zika cases dropping in SC

Posted September 29, 2016

Amnuay Gajeena, MD, director-general of Thailand's Department of Disease Control, said Zika is not endemic in the country, and that three to four cases of microcephaly are consistent with the 1% to 30% incidence of Zika-related microcephaly seen in other countries.

Florida's health department strongly denied instructing local officials to keep the information confidential - and said the decision was entirely up to Miami-Dade - after the Miami Herald reported on Friday that a county attorney said the state agency had ordered them to keep it a secret.

Four women and one man in Santa Barbara County have tested positive for Zika after traveling overseas. Experts say mosquito eggs can survive even through harsh winters. The MSDH strongly advises pregnant women not to travel to areas where Zika is actively being transmitted. Honduras' health minister, Dr. Yolani Batres, says eight babies with severe birth defects linked to the Zika virus have been born in the Central American country.

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As Zika, dengue and chikungunya are all spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Nicaragua's health ministry is pushing a national fumigation and abatization campaign to eradicate these illnesses.

The initial two areas of focus are vaccine research and innovative diagnostic test development, and a third area of focus added recently is the short and long term impact of Zika to children and adults. But the CDC continues to caution pregnant women about traveling to the city and surrounding areas.

There have been no cases of people contracting Zika from mosquitoes bites in California. Medic Regional Blood Center will soon begin testing all donations for the Zika virus.

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Singapore has recorded 393, including 16 pregnant women. But as many as 80 percent of people infected never develop symptoms.

On the other hand, there are some students who are well aware of the virus and know some of the precautions they can take. That includes one person who contracted the virus through sexual contact with someone who contracted the virus while traveling aboard.

According to Lynette Lewis, Health Services administrator, the cost to test for the Zika virus is expensive. To help stop the spread of zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites.

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Such precautions include wearing long sleeves and trousers when possible, ensuring windows are properly screened and using a bed net.