Use these recommended links for updated information about Zika Virus.
September 8, 2016: First confirmed travel-linked case of Zika virus in Shawnee County, KS is announced, as reported in the Topeka Capital Journal article.
The Shawnee County Health Department press release on September 8, 2016 states:
an area where Zika transmission is taking place. Individuals who have recently traveled to an area with active Zika virus should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks at a minimum to minimize the risk of transmitting Zika locally. Mosquitoes can transmit other diseases in addition to Zika, and it is a good idea for everyone to take the following steps to help prevent mosquito bites:
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home. Empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, gutters and downspouts, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika Viruses, a 2 page fact sheet from the CDC, offers additional tips.
General Health Information about Zika
- U.S. Federal Organizations including the CDC Zika Virus page
- U.S. Organizations
- International Organizations
and topical links concerning:
- Pregnancy and Zika Virus Epidemiology
- Laboratory Detection and Diagnosis of Zika Virus
- Health Resources for the Public
Kansas Health Information
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment updates Zika Virus for Kansans. For questions about Zika virus or to report a suspect case of Zika virus disease contact the KDHE Epidemiology hotline by phone: (877) 427-7317 or email@example.com.
What is the library doing to help?
The library recommends these links for updated information about Zika Virus.
Please direct questions and feedback on how the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library can improve our community partnerships to provide Shawnee County residents with the information they need to:
Lissa Staley, Health Information Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This page updated 9/8/2016