MDCPS Vice Chair, Dr. Bendross-Mindingall addresses Zika

 

WHAT IS ZIKA?

Zika is an illness spreading in areas of North, Central and South America. It’s caused by infections with the Zika virus.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT CHILDREN?

In general, Zika causes mild symptoms—if any. Only 20% of people who get Zika have symptoms. These may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Skin Rash
  • Red Eyes (Conjunctivitis)
  • Joint or muscle pain

Symptoms often last from a few days to a week.

Unborn babies suffer the highest risk! Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and if outside wear long sleeves and use insect repellent.

HOW DO I PROTECT MY CHILD?

Although the risks are low for children going to school in August. We must do our best to take preventive measures to ensure the safety of our children. Wear long sleeve shirts and spray the children down with insect repellant or lemon grass oil.

More info can be found at the Florida Department of Health:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2016/08/081916-zika-update.html

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