Total Zika Virus Cases in Missouri now 16

healthy-kc-zikaAccording to the CDC, Zika virus has the potential to be spread through a mosquito bite, through unprotected sexual contact, through blood transfusion and an infected pregnant woman can pass the Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy.

Recent information has come to light in the state of Missouri revealing four new cases of Zika, making the total now 16. Those newly infected had traveled to the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

There is not at this point a vaccine for the Zika virus. However, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus contracted from a mosquito bite in Missouri.

Nearly 80 percent of people infected with the virus will have display no symptoms. Typically, symptoms are mild and include rash, fever, sore joints and/or redness of eyes.

If you have recently traveled or have concern about the virus and want to be tested, Test Smartly Labs of Greater Kansas City has five convenient locations offering reasonably priced Zika testing, call one of the locations below for more information.

Overland Park (913) 325-4483, Lee’s Summit (816) 867-8147, Kansas City (816) 774-4897, Kansas City North (816) 448-8689 or Independence(816) 463-8120.

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