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No Zika cases in Georgia

Jacqueline Jenkins, Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins, Epidemiologist
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia Health Officials say so far, there's been no cases of the Zika virus in Georgia.

The Zika virus is a mosquito born illness transmitted through mosquito bites.
So far there have been 30 travel related cases in the U.S.
Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
Health officials say their concerned because Georgia has the mosquito that can transmit the virus.

"Only one in five persons who get bit with the mosquito that carries the virus will get ill, but there is a risk factor or threat that is being investigated linking Zika to some poor outcomes with pregnancies and birth defects,” said Jacqueline Jenkins, Epidemiologist.

Health Officials say it's important to wear repellent, making sure window screens are in-tact, and no standing water around your home.

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