Mosquitos can be a pesky problem, but they can sometimes be more than a nuisance. They can also carry and transmit diseases to humans. One mosquito-borne virus in particular has been in recent news: the Zika virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 312 cases in the United States, one in Kentucky and nine in Ohio, with one being in Butler County. The virus can lead to the birth defect microcephaly in children born to pregnant women who are infected.
Here to discuss the Zika virus and how to protect yourself from getting infected are Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Mary DiOrio; Northern Kentucky Health Department Epidemiology Manager, Joyce Rice; and Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Steve Divine.
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