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Zika Virus

Dear members of the Rosemont Community,

Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted vis mosquito bites, It is estimated the 80 per cent of those infected with Zika Virus are without symptoms. The symptomatic disease is usually mild and symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). There is currently no vaccine or other preventative medication for Zika Virus.

Recently there have been several documented cases of Zika virus in infants in born with microcephaly in Brazil. This has warranted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to issue travel alert to regions with Zika virus outbreaks, including parts of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cape Verde. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to postpone travel to areas with Zika virus transmission. Travelers should also take precaution to prevent mosquito bites.

To date there have been no local cases of Zika virus, nor any originating in the continental United States, but there have been some cases among returning travelers. According to the CDC, with the recent outbreaks and the number of cases increasing among travelers returning to the United States, it is difficult to determine how widely it will spread.

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