Some key gaps in Americans' knowledge about Zika virus

These mosquitoes "become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus" and can spread it by biting another person, according to the CDC. In late February, Missoula County had its first (and so far only) confirmed case. It's estimated that 40 million people will travel between the USA and countries with Zika virus outbreaks.

We in western Montana do not need to be too alarmed about the virus. "I have included a Zika CDC feature on my Congressional website, and I have also been sharing with constituents on social media some of the simple steps they can take to prevent mosquito bites like wearing repellent and draining standing water".

"Most people who get infected get no symptoms at all". "They were all travel-related cases".

The main reason for the worldwide concern about Zika is the suspected link to microcephaly. This congenital disease that causes smaller heads than usual and brain defect surged in numbers in Brazil.

Director of Townsville Public Health Unit Dr Steven Donohue said the additional equipment and funding would make a significant difference.

"We are very confident that the health authorities are in apposition to manage it in the same way that they managed other threats that have come up over the past year", Theophilus declared. Now it has spread to 36 countries.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday that there are 672 confirmed Zika cases in the United States and in USA territories including Puerto Rico, a figure that includes 64 pregnant women.

Researchers believe the virus is linked to a microcephaly, a congenital disease that affects the babies' prenatal development. President Obama has also requested $1.8 billion in emergency funding to study and respond to the virus.

- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants. Officials don't expect Zika to be a big problem, though, in the USA for a number of reasons, including the widespread use of air conditioning and screens. Instead, be sure to use mosquito netting on the crib, stroller and baby carrier. Twenty-seven of those were in pregnant women whose generous partner traveled to Zika-affected regions and brought the disease back as a semen-delivered souvenir.

"In 2013, Martin County in my district faced a small-scale dengue outbreak that was quickly halted through concerted mosquito control and a mosquito bite prevention campaign".

"You always have to be concerned about it. They're working on trying to fix it, but at the same time you have to pay attention to it", said Ron Randazzo of Springfield.

"We know this virus can live in bodily fluids for several months after the acute infection".

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