Health officials now say the number of confirmed Zika cases in Missouri is up to, at least, 21. The virus is transmitted by a couple breeds of mosquitoes not commonly found in the U.S. and spread, mainly, by physical contact involving someone who has visited some areas in South America. Camden County Health Department Administrator Bee Dampier says while the virus is a concern, here in Missouri, we are more likely to contract a more serious virus such as West Nile or other forms of encephalitis.
Pregnant women and their unborn babies are more susceptible to Zika and other viruses. There is no specific treatment for Zika other than rest and staying out of the elements where mosquitoes are generally found. Dampier goes on to say, if you do have to be out in the elements, it’s always best to protect yourself from any mosquitoes with a good repellent.