Person tests positive for ‘travel-related’ Zika virus in Bulloch Co.

| August 25, 2016


BULLOCH CO. – Officials at Georgia Southern University Student Health Services were notified Wednesday of an individual who has tested positive for the Zika virus in a travel-related case.

“To date, there are approximately 60 other travel-related Zika cases throughout Georgia and no evidence of local transmission in Georgia,” according to GSU Student Health Services.

A person has tested positive for the Zika virus in Bulloch County.

Health Services provided these two tips that people can do to protect themselves:

  • Prevent transmission by mosquitoes by preventing mosquito bites
  • Prevent sexual transmission by using a barrier (condoms) method for contraception

The Georgia Department of Public Health advises all persons living in Georgia to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. These steps include:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes outside your home by removing standing water reservoirs. The mosquitoes that spread Zika bite mostly during the daytime and tend to live around homes. They breed in containers so removing anything that holds water or dumping out standing water around the home after it rains will help reduce the number of these mosquitoes.

Please click here for more information about the Zika virus from the Center for Disease Control.

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