The Latest News on the Zika Virus in the Philippines
The Latest on the mosquito-borne Zika virus (WIPO) article AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest: Maine Gov.
Paul LePage says he’ll ask for a state commission to investigate the potential Zika virus spread in the state.
AUGUSTAH, Maine — The Maine Department of Public Health says more than 4,000 pregnant women have tested positive for Zika in the first four weeks of the outbreak, the highest number of pregnant women tested in any one month.
More than 1,800 women in Maine have been infected with Zika, according to the state health department.
Maine Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Ellen Bredesen says the state’s health department is conducting its own investigation to determine the scope of the mosquito bite-related illness and what the virus does to the human body.
The Maine Health Division has sent out letters to all residents warning them to stay indoors, stay well hydrated and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Bredesens department says more testing will be done and testing will resume once the investigation is complete.
The Maine Medical Society says pregnant women should stay away from mosquitoes.
“In the case of Zika, if you have symptoms, get tested, get checked, get treated and that’s all that we have done.
And if it’s a mosquito bite, get out of there and do what you can to help control it,” said Dr. Steven L. Broussard, the society’s chief medical officer.
This is a developing story.
We will update this post with more information as it becomes available.