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July 30, 2016: Eastern Shore Should Take Precautions On the Zika Virus

“Residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia should take common-sense precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes as health officials keep an eye on the Zika virus, the director of the Eastern Shore Health District told Accomack County officials Wednesday.

“’Should this come to our community, this will be hard,’ said Dr. David Matson.

“He advised residents who are thinking of traveling to parts of the world where the virus is prevalent to gather facts before undertaking a trip.

“The virus’ effects on developing fetuses are especially devastating.

“’If you are thinking about starting a pregnancy, it’s time to ask the question about Zika,’ Matson said.

“As of Wednesday, 43 cases of infection have been documented in Virginia since the end of April. All were in people who have traveled. Three of the 43 cases are in the Eastern region of the state.

“All but one reported case of the virus in the United States so far have been in travelers, but the virus can be sexually transmitted. There was a human to human transmitted case reported in Georgia.

“Matson gave the Board of Supervisor members a brief overview of the virus’ history, including how it is transmitted.”

“’We don’t have the virus here right now. Our goal is to get through this year without the virus anywhere in North America,’ Matson said.”

Source: 13 News Now

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