As the Zika virus continues to spread, government agencies are stepping up their response plans and community outreach. In February, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern due to outbreaks in various parts of the world. Although the virus produces symptoms in only one in five people, its effects can be devastating: Zika is linked to severe birth defects in babies whose mothers were infected with the virus during pregnancy and there is no vaccine to prevent the virus or medicine to treat Zika.
Fairfax County has been hosting Zika Virus Informational Town Halls this summer to help the public understand more about the Zika virus and hot to prevent infection and transmission. Fairfax County reports that to date, 33 cases of Zika virus infection have been confirmed in Virginia residents, all related to international travel, and not local mosquito-to-human transmissions.
The upcoming Town Halls will be:
August 18, 7 pm, West Springfield Government Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA
August 25, 7 pm, Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Mt. Vernon, VA
To learn more about the events, visit the Fairfax County site.