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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.

Pregnant Women with Any Lab Evidence of Zika Virus Infection (CDC)These numbers reflect the number of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection that have been reported to the pregnancy surveillance systems.

Areas With Zika (CDC)Local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States.

Symptoms, Testing, and Treatment Many people infected with Zika virus won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.

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January 2016 is Cervical Health Awareness Month!

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Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).

Cervical Health Awareness Month is sponsored by the The National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

Find free/low cost Pap tests in your area Cervical cancer is preventable if precancerous cell changes are detected and treated early, before cervical cancer develops.

Protecting Ourselves and Our Families from Cervical Cancer FAQs About HPV and Cervical Cancer Screening 

Ten Things to Know About HPV and Cervical Cancer.Free fact sheet download 

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