Zika Cases in 16 Alabama Counties

Friday, August 19, 2016

There's growing concern over the Zika virus across the country, including here in Alabama. Thanks for joining us, I'm Carl Brady. The Alabama Department of Public Health has recorded a total of 25 travel-related positive tests for the Zika virus from 16 counties. Calhoun, Etowah, St. Clair, and Talladega Counties are local areas where there have been people who have tested positive for the Zika virus. Dr. Jim McVay is the Alabama Department of Public Health Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. He says the agency has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the people who need to be tested for Zika and with those who have tested positive in local communities. McVay says additional precautions are needed for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Public health environmentalists have been helping people reduce mosquito breeding grounds around their homes and communities. McVay says the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache. These symptoms usually last for several days to a week. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites. For more information, visit the CDC website, CDC.GOV.

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