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Zika Virus
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Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

In response, CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Zika Vaccine Efforts Get Boost from Prior Research (HealthDay)U.S. health officials say valuable lessons were learned during battles against other mosquito-borne viruses

Bedbugs Biting Back Against Insecticide (HealthDay)Researchers find a strong resistance to the most widely used pesticide group

 

Local Health Observances

February 2016 is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month!

  Health Literacy Month

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month and is sponsored by GBSI! Please click here for our downloadable resources and poster and use #ProtectYourUnbornBaby to show your support!

This health observance month is recognized on the US National Health Observance Calendar and is listed on other health observance calendars around the world.

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What if you could make it so just one family never had to hear the words "you have cancer?" Now you can. This year our community has a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of many, and the American Cancer Society urges you to join and sign up today. Anyone can visit www.cps3northla.org and schedule an appointment today to reserve a spot to participate in CPS-3.

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