PRESTONSBURG – The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) has made more than 1,000 Zika virus prevention bags to hand out to women who are pregnant or of child-bearing age
According to the Center for Disease Control, Zika virus is an infectious disease spread through the bite of a mosquito and through the exchange of bodily fluids. Many people who contract Zika virus infection have mild or no symptoms. Pregnant woman are thought to be at a particular high risk for complications after Zika virus exposure. The virus is thought to cause brain defects in infants born to women who are exposed to it.
At least three cases of the virus have been confirmed in Kentucky. However, state officials do not believe the ZIKA virus is present in the mosquito population in Kentucky.
The virus is considered by the World Health Organization to be a serious international public health threat.
Pregnant women or women of child-bearing age can pick up the Zika virus prevention bags at the health department in Prestonsburg. The bags contain a pamphlet about Zika and mosquito-borne diseases, bug spray and condoms. Officials from the health department will also be delivering bags to area OBGYN offices.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd Couty Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.