Zika Comes To America

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Jill Chadwick

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            Women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant are urged to avoid a Miami, Florida neighborhood that is the site of a Zika outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the warning which, until now, had been limited to foreign countries and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

            In the video, Dr. Dana Hawkinson, infectious disease specialist at The University of Kansas Hospital, says it’s unclear how the mosquitos in Florida were able to infect the people in the Miami neighborhood, but he says it most likely won’t cause the problems it’s caused in other countries. He had advice on how to prevent Zika, and the symptoms to be aware of.

            Many people wonder how safe the blood supply is, in light of the Zika virus coming to America. Elora Thorpe is the transfusion-safety nurse manager at The University of Kansas Hospital. She talks about what sets the blood program at The University of Kansas Hospital apart from others in the area, what measures the hospital takes to prevent the spread of Zika through blood transfusions, and how patients are limited in exposure to Zika, and other blood-borne diseases.