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Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

Zika Found in 9 U.S. Pregnancies, Outcomes Often Severe: CDC (HealthDay)Four cases ended in either miscarriage or abortion, one involved severe birth defect

New Cooling Technique Might Aid Brain Surgery (HealthDay)Combined with verbal checks, it allowed surgeons to protect areas where speech occurs

Texas Hospitals Develop Rapid Test for Zika Virus Detection (HealthDay)But it will only be available at hospitals that developed it for now, research team says

1 in 10 Americans Has Experienced Ringing in the Ears (HealthDay)Study also found association between prolonged exposure to loud noises and tinnitus

Local Health Observances

August 2016 is National Immunization Awareness Month!

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website

Alcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk (HealthDay)A third of cases would vanish if people stayed trim and didn't drink, cancer experts say

E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Containers Often Mislabeled (HealthDay)Also, many aren't child-resistant, which poses a risk to youngsters

FDA Bolsters Warnings about Class of Antibiotics (HealthDay)Fluoroquinolones such as Cipro, Levaquin should be reserved for life-threatening infections

Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years (HealthDay)Researcher calls delay a 'lost opportunity' for treatment

Face-Saving Devices: Seat Belts and Air Bags (HealthDay)Using both dramatically reduces risk of fractures, study finds

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