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St. Louis County taking precautions against Zika

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A generic photograph of mosquitoes. A generic photograph of mosquitoes.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO -

St. Louis County health officials say they are already taking precautions against the Zika virus.

There have been no documented cases of the Zika virus in the St. Louis area, but one pregnant Missouri woman who traveled to Honduras tested positive for the virus. The pathogen has been linked to microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with brain damage.

Health officials say spraying has already begun in St. Louis County because there was a mild winter. The species of mosquito that carries Zika is not found in the St. Louis area, but CDC data shows it is found in southwest Missouri and Arkansas.

The St. Louis County Health Department is asking people to clean up their yards and garages to cut down on standing water, an environment where mosquitoes breed.

Only 1 in 5 people who contract Zika will even show mild symptoms, such as fever and joint pain, which is why those who have traveled outside the US to Zika hot spots are asked to see a doctor to see if they have any symptoms. A blood test is used to determine whether someone has the virus.

Zika can be transmitted sexually.

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