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Dozens of St. Louis County residents tested for Zika

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Dozens of St. Louis County residents have been tested for Zika, health officials said.

Officials told News 4 they are still waiting on the results for 20 people. So far, nobody has tested positive for the virus.

The tests are not conducted in the St. Louis area, but are done at the CDC in Atlanta.

“They (people who were tested) are all over. Most are endemic to travel areas for the Zika virus such as South America, Central American, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, St. Louis County’s Health Director.

Khan said none of those being tested are pregnant. Khan added that Zika qualifies as a concern, not a health emergency. However, as the weather warms, concern increases. Mosquitoes native to the St. Louis area are not known to carry Zika.

“There is no doubt we will see Zika cases in St. Louis County, it is inevitable. When the weather warms up, as mosquitoes begin to breed, they will feed on infected individuals. It will spread,” Khan said.

When the weather warms up, county officials said they will be aggressive in preventing mosquito bites by spraying in communities that request and urge people to use repellent.

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