NJHA’s Emergency Preparedness staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support member and non-member hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers in the event of an emergency. Healthcare providers may call the Emergency Preparedness hotline at 800-457-2262 for assistance.
During business hours, contact Director of Emergency Preparedness Diane Anderson at 609-275-4209, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus is becoming more commonplace throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. While symptoms of the disease are usually mild, possible complications for pregnant women and their infants make the virus a serious community health issue. More than 3,500 babies were born between October 2015 and January 2016 in Brazil with microcephaly – a very small head, usually with a smaller brain and potential for disabilities – and recent tests have shown a link between the condition and Zika virus.
While the disease is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, found in tropical climates, New Jerseyans should be aware of prevention tactics and transmission risks. There is no vaccine for Zika virus; the only way to prevent infection is to avoid mosquito bites. There is also no treatment for the disease beyond rest, fluids and acetaminophen (aspirin should be avoided until dengue, which has similar symptoms and comes from the same regions, is ruled out). Vigilant public reporting is necessary to prevent the disease from entering the state’s mosquito population.
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