Zika declared 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern'

Nationwide, 388 Americans, including 33 pregnant women, have contracted Zika mostly during travels to Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean islands where the virus is circulating.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed Friday afternoon a pregnant Missouri woman is the fourth confirmed person to contract the Zika virus in the state.

Although there are no reports of transmission of Zika virus from infected patients to health care personnel or other patients, minimizing exposure to body fluids is important to reduce the possibility of such transmission.

The Zika virus can be spread through a mosquito bite, unprotected sexual contact, and blood transfusion.

Missouri health officials have approved 155 samples from residents for Zika testing, including 108 pregnant women. Officials say doctors should ask pregnant women about their travel and certain symptoms, and, if warranted, test them for an infection with the Zika virus. The first patient, a non-pregnant female, has since recovered from her illness.

Florida now can test 6,634 people for active Zika virus and 1,466 people for the antibody, which shows if they've ever been exposed to the virus.

Her husband and research partner Hongjun Song, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, said the research team, which included members of other United States universities, would publish the 3D printing files. Overreaction is never the basis for good policy, but in the case of Zika, it is perplexing that the emergence of a worldwide pandemic has not generated a louder public dialogue, especially in a state with a relatively high rate of childbirth.

They were infected with the Zika virus to observe how it causes microcephaly, a condition that stunts head and brain development. Those who contract Zika might experience fever, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis. There are also ways to help women and children affected by Zika virus, both at home and overseas. The virus has been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disease that damages the peripheral nervous system, causing weakness and, in some cases, paralysis. The virus was previously believed to only being spread via mosquito bites. The more information they get about the known risks and methods of avoiding them, the better.

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