Zika Virus

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mosquitoThe Zika virus is a mosquito-borne viral illness. This virus was first identified in 1947 in a rhesus monkey in Uganda. It was identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania. The Zika virus is in the Flavivirus family, the same family of viruses that cause Japanese encephalitis, West Nile fever and Yellow Fever.

How is Zika virus infection transmitted?  Zika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Infected pregnant women can transmit the virus to the fetus. There are no reports of transmission from mother to baby through breast feeding. Spread of the virus through sexual contact and blood transfusion has also been reported.

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National Cancer Prevention Month

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can prevent logoFebruary is National Cancer Prevention Month and the American Institute for Cancer Research is launching its Cancer Prevention: Together We Can campaign to show Americans how they and their families can lower cancer risk.

The free CAN PREVENT Action Planner is a great way to get started. It has daily cancer prevention tips and guidelines to help you move more and eat smarter.

Click here to download your free planner and take your first step to lowering your risk for cancer!