Miami students in Zika zone can't bring repellent to school

15 August, 2016, 01:40 | Author: Andrea Terry

There is no sign of mosquitoes that could transmit the Zika Virus in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Most Zika infections have occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean. "Just today, we learned that a baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika died in Texas - a heartbreaking tragedy in our country".

In June, Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would have provided $1.1 billion in funding to fight Zika, accusing Republicans of filling the bill with unrelated and politically charged provisions like restrictions on Planned Parenthood, the women's health organization. The reason: better insect control as well as window screens and air conditioning that should help curtail any outbreaks.

Zika symptoms typically begin within two to seven days after a person is infected. This region of the United States does not have the type of mosquito that carries Zika, but it is advised to avoid more bites because there isn't enough evidence and testing to totally rule out another infection once being treated.

Anyone with possible exposure to Zika virus and symptoms of Zika should be tested.

"This is not only an issue affecting us here in Florida - this is a national issue". CDC recommends that a pregnant woman with a history of Zika virus and her provider should consider additional ultrasounds. While none of these mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika thus far, I encourage CT residents to help control mosquito populations by removing standing water outside homes and eliminating trash, debris and other materials that can collect water and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.


Aedes mosquitoes feed primarily on human blood, and tend to breed in small pools of water found in local neighborhoods.

However, travel-related cases of Zika are affecting people worldwide. These traps are brought to the public health lab, where each mosquito is examined and sorted by breed and tested to determine if there is a public health concern.

There is now no vaccine or cure for Zika, which has spread to more than 50 countries and territories since the outbreak began past year in Brazil.

Although rare, there have been reports that Zika virus can be spread through blood transfusion, sexual contact and laboratory exposure.

Texas has reported 97 Zika cases, all contracted during travel overseas. "All I can say is the travel advisory is still in effect", CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on mosquito-borne diseases.

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