77 travel-related cases of Zika in Georgia

Zika cases rising

- Health officials now say 77 people in the state of Georgia have been infected with the Zika virus, with the majority of cases in Metro Atlanta. 

Health officials said on the Georgia Department of Health website that DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties each have ten to fourteen cases. 

Health officials advise precautions and remind people of how the virus can be spread, to avoid further infection. 

The website states:

"There are urgent concerns about Zika virus infection and pregnant women. Zika virus infections have been confirmed in infants with microcephaly and in the current outbreak in Brazil, a marked increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly has been reported."

"Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant should not travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing."

No cases of the virus have been contracted through local mosquitoes in Georgia, health officials said online. 

The Zika virus can be spread through mosquitoes carrying the virus, through sexual contact, and from a pregnant woman to a fetus. 

To encourage people to proactively reduce the mosquito population, the Buckhead Coalition is offering rebates for Buckhead residents on purchases of "Mosquito Dunks," which kill mosquito larvae in puddles, ponds and fountains on property.

The items can be purchased at Home Depot in Buckhead. Any receipts for a rebate can be mailed or brought to 3340 Peachtree Road, Suite 560, Atlanta, 30326. 

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