Welcome to our health ministry web page promoting health and wellness issues in Northwest Texas!
In this age of health care issues, with health care under debate and in the news, and with increasing numbers of our society suffering from debilitating health issues, what better goal to strive for... spiritual AND physical health. After all, overall health is a combination of spiritual, mental, and physical health.
This web-based effort is meant to provide information, suggestions, and support to those who are concerned about their overall health. Each month we will sponsor the Health and Wellness News periodical from The Episcopal Church Medical Trust. Additionally, each month we will focus on one particular topic.
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Everything you need to know about the Zika Virus but haven't asked.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, "Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
The CDC has responded with a wealth of information on their website, including a Power Point slideshow of the primary facts. The CDC has also released a current map of the reported cases of the Zika virus in the United States.
As of May 25, 2016 (5 am EST)
- Zika virus disease and Zika virus congenital infection are nationally notifiable conditions.
- This update from the CDC Arboviral Disease Branch includes provisional data reported to ArboNET for January 1, 2015 – May 18, 2016.
- Travel-associated cases reported: 591
- Locally acquired vector-borne cases reported: 0
- Total: 591
- Sexually transmitted: 11
- Guillain-Barré syndrome: 1
- Travel-associated cases reported: 4
- Locally acquired cases reported: 935
- Total: 939
- Guillain-Barré syndrome: 5
"CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated for Zika on January 22, 2016, and moved to a level 1 activation—the highest level – on February 8, 2016. The EOC is the command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to Zika, bringing together CDC scientists with expertise in arboviruses like Zika, reproductive health, birth defects, and developmental disabilities, and travel health. Their work includes:
- Developing laboratory tests to diagnose Zika.
- Conducting studies to learn more about the link between Zika and microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
- Monitoring and reporting cases of Zika, which will help improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.
- Providing guidance to travelers and Americans living in areas with current outbreaks.
- Surveillance for the virus in the United States, including US territories.
- Supporting in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, and Panama on the ground.
- Conducting a study to evaluate the persistence of Zika virus in semen and urine among male residents of the United States."
For more information on the Zika virus, follow the links below:
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html - Center for Disease Control
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/ - World Health Organization
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35370848 - BBC News