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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.

Zika Found in 9 U.S. Pregnancies, Outcomes Often Severe: CDC (HealthDay)Four cases ended in either miscarriage or abortion, one involved severe birth defect

New Cooling Technique Might Aid Brain Surgery (HealthDay)Combined with verbal checks, it allowed surgeons to protect areas where speech occurs

Texas Hospitals Develop Rapid Test for Zika Virus Detection (HealthDay)But it will only be available at hospitals that developed it for now, research team says

 

Local Health Observances

June 2016 is is National Safety Month!

   NSM

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44.
But there are many things people can do to
stay safe and prevent injuries.

Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.

National Safety Month can make a difference!

"We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:"

Everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries. Together, we can share information about steps people can take to protect themselves and others.

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