Zika Hasn't Been Detected in U.S. Mosquitoes, CDC Says on Twitter; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Its Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, Held an Hourlong Chat Friday on Twitter to Answer Questions about the Zika Virus, Which Is Possibly Linked to a Birth Defect. [Derived Headline]

By Schmitt, Ben | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 13, 2016 | Go to article overview

Zika Hasn't Been Detected in U.S. Mosquitoes, CDC Says on Twitter; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Its Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, Held an Hourlong Chat Friday on Twitter to Answer Questions about the Zika Virus, Which Is Possibly Linked to a Birth Defect. [Derived Headline]


Schmitt, Ben, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its director, Dr. Tom Frieden, held an hourlong chat Friday on Twitter to answer questions about the Zika virus, which is possibly linked to a birth defect.

The state Health Department this week confirmed two Pennsylvania women, who recently traveled out of the country, were diagnosed with Zika. The women have recovered, and their exposure poses no public threat, officials said.

There's no vaccine for the virus, which spreads primarily through bites from a mosquito not typically found in Pennsylvania or Ohio. Health authorities suspect the virus led to an increase in Brazil of microcephaly, a condition in which children are born with abnormally small heads. The World Health Organization recently declared an international health emergency.

President Obama this week requested funding to expand mosquito control and research into vaccines and education programs.

Below are some key tweets provided by CDC experts during Friday's chat:

- Once people have been infected with Zika virus, they are likely to be protected from future infections.

- Sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible, but mosquito bites remain the primary way Zika is transmitted. …

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