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Dakota Midday: Zika Virus Update


The realities of international travel mean a mosquito-borne illness can reach the Midwest during blizzard season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are at least 35 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the United States right now.  That includes a case in the state of Minnesota.  When Zika virus does cause illness, the CDC says symptoms are generally mild, but recent evidence suggests a possible association between maternal Zika virus infection and adverse fetal outcomes.  Currently there is no vaccine or medication to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.

Dr. Lon Kightlinger is South Dakota's state epidemiologist. He provides the latest updates regarding Zika virus infections, the challenges of vaccine development, and why West Nile Virus remains a topic of concern for South Dakota residents.

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