Public Health Foundation of Columbia County is once again an OHA
(Oregon Health Authority) Community Partner Application Assister. We are
very excited to be assisting with OHP and the Federal Marketplace
Please see Map below for Application Assistance Locations and times. You may also call 503-397-4651 ext 2005 or toll free 800-244-4870 ext 2005.
ZIKA Virus Update:
Oregonians Should Know about Zika
(This information was
provided by the Oregon Health Authority)
is a virus that is usually spread by mosquitoes. Anyone with Zika who has symptoms can also
spread it during sexual activities.
only know of two types of mosquitoes that spread Zika. Those mosquitoes have not been found in
Oregon. We do not know if Oregon’s
mosquitoes could spread Zika if the mosquitoes here carried the virus. Mosquitoes are being watched closely and
control efforts have begun.
people who have Zika do not show signs.
Those who do show signs of Zika may have a rash, fever, joint pain and
redness of the eyes. Zika symptoms are
usually mild and serious illness that creates a need for hospital care is
can cause birth defects when pregnant mothers are infected. Birth defects include microcephaly, which is when a baby’s head is smaller than usual and
the brain is not fully developed.
may also be linked to Guillain-Barre’
Syndrome, but further research is needed.
Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome can cause muscles to b weak and sometimes leads
is no way to treat Zika. There is also
no vaccine for Zika, though research is underway. We know three ways to prevent the spread of
your skin from mosquito bites during travel to areas with Zika and for three
unprotected sex with people who could have Zika.
rid of standing water and places mosquitoes live.
cases of Zika have been found in Oregon in recent years; all were linked to
travel to areas where Zika was being spread.
Oregon Health Authority is working with the local health departments and Oregon
healthcare providers to find and test people who should have a Zika test.
Oregon State Public Health Laboratory can test those people who meet public
health testing criteria.
women should not travel to areas with Zika.
and men coming back from an area with Zika should delay pregnancy to reduce the
risks of Zika.
coming from an area with Zika should not have sex or should use a condom during
any sexual activity with their pregnant partner. More research is needed on other barrier
methods like dental dams or latex sheets, but they may give some degree of
protection and should be used.
Confirmed Zika Cases in Oregon,
as of August 2, 2016: 16 (all travel
information can be found on the Oregon Health Authority website: https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=131)
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