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Calhoun County and SCDHEC Public Forum:  Zika and Women of Childbearing Age

Event to be held in St. Matthews at the John Ford Community Center Banquet Hall on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 PM

ST MATTHEWS, SC: November 8, 2017 -- As part of its ongoing commitment to increasing the quality of life for its citizens, Calhoun County is joining forces with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to hold a public forum to discuss the risks of the Zika Virus for Women of Childbearing Age.   

The Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of some Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. The spread of the virus through both blood transfusion and sexual contact have been reported.

About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus develop symptoms. Symptoms can start about 3 to 7 days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying Zika virus. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). The first symptom is usually fever which may be associated with a rash. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. Severe illness is uncommon.

The forum in St. Matthews will focus on precautions that can be taken to avoid contact with the virus and what to do when contact does occur. 

“We encourage all of our citizens to participate in this forum,” said F. Lee Prickett, Jr., Calhoun County Administrator.  “As of now, we have been fortunate that we haven’t faced a case of the Zika Virus in Calhoun County, but we know that day will come.  By getting this information out to the Women in our region who are of childbearing age, we are trying to proactively prevent as many problems as possible.”

“Mosquitoes are a pest that can cause itchy bites, but they can also cause more serious health issues,” said Taylor Lee, Public Health Director of DHEC’s Lowcountry Region. “The Zika virus presents some unique challenges and risks that all women of childbearing age should learn about.”

For more information about the forum, please contact Ted Felder, Calhoun County Deputy Administrator, at (803) 874-2435 or tfelder@calhouncounty.sc.gov