New travel-related case of Zika virus confirmed in Orange County

A pregnant CT teen has tested positive for Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to devastating birth defects.

The agency unveiled $70,000 worth of mosquito testing equipment this week created to pinpoint mosquitoes carrying the virus, which can cause birth defects. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.

On Monday, the National Governors Associated weighed in, urging the administration and lawmakers returning to Washington "to work together to reach agreement on the appropriate funding levels needed to prepare for and combat the Zika virus".

Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. But most people who contract the virus, about 80 percent, never show symptoms.

What can be done if a pregnant woman is infected with Zika?

Fact: Zika can lead to microcephaly in babies, meaning that they are born with heads abnormally small with equally small and potentially not-fully-developed brains. The mosquito transmits the Zika virus and is being studied at the institute.

As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 683 cases in Puerto Rico and it is expected that the figures will grow unless the health scare is resolved soon.

The CDC recommends people wear sleeves and long trousers, use an EPA registered bug repellent, treat clothes with permethrin and use mosquito netting when necessary to avoid being bitten by the insects.

Last week, the state Department of Public Health revealed that a CT resident who had traveled to Central America and became pregnant had been diagnosed with Zika.

"We are counting on you, so please take this advice seriously", she said.

Kentucky is home to 59 species of mosquitoes, according to Grayson Brown, director of the Public Health and Entomology Laboratory at the University of Kentucky.

"The idea is they can mobilize a strike team to target areas with known Zika cases." explained Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

"I don't think we should put any flower boxes out that don't have mosquito plants in them", Davis told council.

The event which was a collaboration between CARPHA, the Caricom Secretariat and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) was themed, "Small Bite, Big Threat: Fight the Bite, Destroy Mosquito Breeding Sites".

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