Florida Declares Emergency After at Least 9 Reported Cases of Zika Virus

02/18/2016 14:08 | 2

Florida Declares Emergency After at Least 9 Reported Cases of Zika Virus

In Indonesia, health officials said they have not detected the Zika virus in the country since the beginning of this year.

"At this time, no cases of the Zika virus disease among travelers who have visited affected areas have been reported in Kentucky", said Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner for DPH. The other case resulted from sexual contact between a Dallas County resident and someone who contracted the disease while overseas. In addition, the risk of infection "depends on how long and how much a person has been exposed to infected mosquitoes, and the steps taken to prevent mosquito bites while in an affected area".

Dr. Frieden stressed that pregnant women should not travel to 30 countries and territories in Latin American and the Caribbean where Zika virus is spreading.

Zika, it's important to point out, causes relatively mild symptoms, and for most people it's nothing to worry about.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Zika virus a world health emergency on Monday, amid fears the virus causes microcephaly, a birth defect that causes abnormally small heads and brain damage in newborns.

Officials say one of the women is from Douglas County and the other is from Sarpy County.

Nevertheless, the CDC advises pregnant women to discuss with their health care providers any potential exposures their male sex partners may have had to the virus.

In Brazil, donated blood is not yet tested for Zika virus.

The UNFPA said there is no vaccine or any specific treatment for the Zika virus infection till date.

In the face of the recent increase in cases, the presidents of the United States and Brazil have agreed on the importance of collaborative efforts to combat the spread of the Zika virus.

Stokes says he doesn't expect to find mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in Louisiana, but people who catch it somewhere else, may bring it back to the state. When it does manifest, patients can develop a rash, a fever or joint pain.


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