Surgeon General: Precaution best method to fight Zika virus

- On Monday, the Obama Administration sent two powerful people to Orlando to talk about the Zika virus and send a strong message.  

The U.S. Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary were in Orlando Monday, talking about the Zika virus.

In Florida alone, there have been five new cases reported Monday, bringing the number to 310.  There are also 48 cases involving pregnant women in Florida.  

"I think everyone should be alert," Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Sylvia Burwell said. "Understand the facts, and do what they can to prevent it."

United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy said, "Now, currently, there is no treatment or vaccine for the virus. We are working hard to change that in partnership with scientists across the Federal Government."

Secretray Burwell said the department has moved $27 Million in public health emergency money for Florida to fight Zika. They want to continue vaccine research.

Burwell  said "This will, we hope, be a very important priority the moment that the Congress gets back in September. Because, we don't want to slow it down."

In the meantime, here's how you can protect yourself: 

"Wearing mosquito repellent, and there are mosquito repellants that are safe for pregnant women," Murthy explained.

Make sure they are EPA approved for kids, adults, and pregnant women, some of which contain DEET.

Murthy explained "It should be used in the appropriate dosages as indicated on the canister."

Bottom line, be alert about the Zika virus.

Orange County Mayor, Teresa Jacobs said "It is not going to move from Miami to Orange county by mosquito. If it comes here, it will be by human beings that come here."

 

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