Zika Virus In Rockland

The first case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Rockland County. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert released information today alerting the county that a local woman who had recently returned from a South American country tested positive for the virus. Symptoms are said to arise between two and seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito and patients can exhibit low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. There is no vaccine to treat the virus and women are being cautioned to protect themselves against the severe birth defects associated with the virus, namely microencephaly. Reportedly, one’s body may develop a natural immunity after being exposed to the virus and the patient may not experience repeated infections. An Albany area laboratory will begin providing free Zika virus testing for all pregnant women who traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission during pregnancy. The release also explains that at this time there is no risk of acquiring Zika virus in Rockland County.

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