Zika Virus Discussion Held at Hamilton

Thursday, August 25, 2016




The Zika Virus was the topic for a recent continuing medical education (CME) program at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC). Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, health director for North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, spoke. District 1-2 is based in Dalton and includes Cherokee, Fannin, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. According to Taylor, at this point, treatments and vaccines are not available for Zika. The main recommendation is to avoid getting stung by mosquitoes. Particularly if pregnant or in the process of becoming pregnant, it’s recommended to stay away from countries and territories with active Zika transmission (mainly Central and South America currently). When in areas where mosquitoes are known to thrive, wear light-colored long sleeves shirts and pants and use insect repellent that’s approved by the EPA. Taylor (fifth from left) is pictured Hamilton physicians and nurses.