ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Three confirmed cases of Zika have now turned up in St. Louis County.
However, County Health Director Dr. Faizal Khan points out the three cases they have registered were all the result of local residents returning from “endemic” Zika sites such as Mexico, Brazil or the Caribbean.
He says they’re taking several precautions to help detect and prevent the spread of Zika locally — such as spraying for mosquitoes throughout St. Louis County whenever overnight temperatures stay above 60 degrees.
“The best possible recommendation we can give to anyone, which we concur with the CDC on, is to always check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to educate yourself about the illness and the disease and the extent of it’s spread,” Khan says.
Health officials have also set up a network of traps to collect mosquito specimens for presence of either the Zika or West Nile virus.
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