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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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November 2016 is National Diabetes Awareness Month!

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled. One in 11 Americans have diabetes – that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

American Diabetes Month is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

Preventing Diabetes (CDC) Research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at high-rish of diabetes.

It's Your Life. Treat Your Diabetes Well (CDC) There isn't a cure yet for diabetes, but a healty lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your life.

Diabetes in Older People: A Disease You Can Manage (NIH) 

Living with Diabetes (NIH) The National Diabetes Education Program has resources for making healthy lifestyle choices that not only help people with diabetes manage the disease, but also help keep the whole family healthy!

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