Proper precautions can reduce impact of Zika virus

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The first reported case in West Virginia of a pregnant woman having the Zika virus adds a degree of alarm to the health threat, but the public would be wise to heed health officials’ pleas to avoid panic.

A better response would be to exercise caution, particularly those who have out-of-country travel in their plans and may be headed toward nations where the presence of the Zika virus is more common.

To date, eight cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in West Virginia. But this week, the state’s Bureau for Public Health revealed the first case involving a pregnant woman. For that woman, no doubt, the concern for the health of the baby she is carrying is very real. Most people with the virus experience only a mild illness…

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