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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 Insurance.

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:

10 Things Oregonians Should Know about Zika

(This information was provided by the Oregon Health Authority)


  1. Zika is a virus that is usually spread by mosquitoes.  Anyone with Zika who has symptoms can also spread it during sexual activities.

  2. We 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.

  3. Most 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 uncommon.

  4. Zika 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.

  5. Zika 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 to paralysis.

  6. There 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 Zika:

  • Protect your skin from mosquito bites during travel to areas with Zika and for three weeks after.

  • Avoid unprotected sex with people who could have Zika.

  • Get rid of standing water and places mosquitoes live.

  1. Some cases of Zika have been found in Oregon in recent years; all were linked to travel to areas where Zika was being spread.

  2. The 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.

  3. The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory can test those people who meet public health testing criteria.

  4. The CDC recommends:

  • Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.

  • Women and men coming back from an area with Zika should delay pregnancy to reduce the risks of Zika.

  • Those 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 associated)


(Additional 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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Maryann Terhune,
Dec 21, 2015, 8:49 AM
Maryann Terhune,
Dec 5, 2016, 10:46 AM