6/3/2016 – 3:45 pm
Hancock Public Health has received a report of a lab-confirmed case of Zika virus in county. The virus came in with a 50-year-old male who had recent travel history in the Caribbean. According to a release, the virus was acquired from travel outside of the US and the likelihood of the virus being transmitted locally is minimal. However, the health department is reaching out to the individual to prevent further transmission.
There have been no reported cases of Zika through mosquito bites in Ohio or anywhere else in the continental US at this time. The primary mosquito type that transmits the virus is found in tropical climates and southern US but it is not known to be established in Ohio.
The CDC and the health department have guidelines to help you when you travel to Zika infected countries.
- Upon return, people are encouraged to use insect repellent for three weeks following travel to prevent possible spread among mosquito populations
- Couples should abstain from sex or use condoms for a period of eight weeks following travel
- Symptoms of Zika, (fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headache) found in males who have been diagnosed with Zika should abstain from sex or use condoms for a period of six months following travel.
- Eliminate standing water sources around your home
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Wear insect repellent containing DEET.
If you have any questions regarding the virus and ways to keep it from spreading, contact Hancock Public Health or visit them online at Hancock Public Health.com for more information.Read More →