Zika virus precautions appropriate, but no cause for alarm

Zika virus precautions appropriate, but no cause for alarm

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Looking for the Zika virus in mosquitoes is like "looking for a needle in a haystack," according to a spokesperson with the state's health department.

She said the Centers for Disease Control has not reached out to the Department of Health and Hospitals to do any sort of mosquito screening for Zika.

The state reported two presumptive Zika cases in Louisiana on Thursday. DHH asked CDC to confirm the cases. They expect results back next week.

Zika virus infections are being reported on in several states. St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said it should not be cause for alarm.

"Zika virus poses a significant risk to a very small sub population of people, most notably pregnant women traveling in the Caribbean and South America, but I believe the risk to Louisiana residents is very small," Preston said. "Zika infection is a generally benign condition and most people are asymptomatic.

Preston said federal funding for Zika research and response has been designated at $1.8 billion. That adds up to $1.8 million for each case reported to date in the United States.

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