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Zika Virus Update

VDH has confirmed Zika virus infection (via laboratory testing provided through the CDC) in an adult resident of Virginia who recently traveled to a country where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. This is the first reported, laboratory-confirmed case in a traveler returning to Virginia, sometimes referred to as an “imported” case. Zika virus infection in this individual serves as a reminder that people in Virginia can acquire the disease during travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is occurring. 

“Zika virus is acquired through the bite of an infected mosquito. Because it is not mosquito season in Virginia, this individual with Zika virus infection poses no risk to other Virginians,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP. “However, this is the time of year when more people do travel to warmer climates and countries where Zika virus is found. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to consider postponing travel to Zika-affected countries while pregnant.  In addition, we are urging everyone, especially pregnant women, to check health travel advisories before leaving the United States and to take preventive measures when traveling in affected areas of the world.”

CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

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Winter Preparedness

Winters in Virginia can vary each season and predicting severe winter weather far in advance is very difficult. However, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a winter influenced by El Niño conditions. This year’s El Niño, among the strongest on record, is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter. This year it will indicate above-average precipitation and below average temperatures. Seasonal outlooks do not project where and when snowstorms may hit or provide total seasonal snowfall accumulations. Snow forecasts are dependent upon the strength and track of winter storms, which are generally not predictable more than a week in advance. Snow, icy roads and cold temperatures can make can make winter dangerous. Make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for hazardous weather by ensuring emergency plans and supplies are in place.

Free CME and CE Training Opportunities Available for Health Care Professionals

Free CME and CE courses on public health for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals discuss topics such as nutrition, child health, prevention and health promotion. Visit the training opportunities page to learn more.

Last Updated: 01-29-2016

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