Zika makes its way to Topeka

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — The Shawnee County Health Department has confirmed someone has tested positive for the zika virus and giving tips to the public on how to protect yourself from the virus.

Zika — growing in numbers in the US has made its way to Topeka. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the center of disease control have confirmed the Capital City’s first adult to test positive for zika. And the disease has hit hard to a certain group of women.
“A lot of issues right now and concerns related to women who are pregnant and who might be pregnant contracting the zika virus,” Craig Barnes at Shawnee County Health Department said.

Concerns because eighty pregnant women in Florida have already tested positive for zika. People who’ve recently traveled to countries where zika is common should avoid at least three weeks of mosquito bites to reduce the risk of transmitting zika. And since it’s made its way to Topeka, Barnes is giving tips to the public to stay safe.
“Make sure that you’re using a registered E.P.A. — insect repellent,” Barnes said. “Wear long sleeves and long pants when you’re outside. make sure that you have screens on your doors and windows so mosquitoes can’t get in or out.”

The health department is also warning people to empty out any items that hold water, like old tires, buckets and birdbaths since mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

The person who has been confirmed with zika virus has a history of traveling to a country where the virus is locally transmitted.

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