Friday, August 12, 2016

Good source of ZIKA info

I have not written about the Zika virus yet, figuring there is so much in the press. But now I want to tell you about a website put up by the American Medical Association.

It's called the Zika Virus Resource Center. You can paste this into your browser:
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/zika-resource-center.page

This is aimed at doctors so they will know what to tell their patients, but anyone can access it.

The AMA will update it with the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is also a good source. Go to http://cdc.gov.

Work on a vaccine is being expedited, but these things take time. In the meantime, the virus, found now in pockets of the country including in Florida, is a danger to pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

As you probably know, if pregnant women get infected, it can cause a horrible birth defect called microcephaly--malformation of the baby's head and brain, leading to lifetime dependency.

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes but can also be passed by sexual contact.

Learn more! Check the site.

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