Department Of Health Reports First Zika Case In Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of Zika virus in the state. The individual who tested positive, was a 60-year-old male who had recently traveled to Haiti, where there is an active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika.
According to RI.gov, “The virus causes symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Approximately 80% of those who have the virus do not have any symptoms. Symptoms typically appear within three to 14 days of infection.”
To prevent exposure to Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, people are advised to:
• Use and reapply Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved bug spray containing at least 20% DEET.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear. • Stay in buildings that use air conditioning, or have window and door screens.
• Sleep under a mosquito net.
With additional reporting by Sal Lopez