The following is a press release:
Framingham – The Town of Framingham wants to assure residents that it is following all guidelines, recommendations and advisories from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).
We understand that Framingham is home to many residents who travel between Massachusetts and places where Zika is active.
Zika is not active in Massachusetts.
Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but can also be spread by a person infected with Zika to their sex partners. Zika can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
Many people have been exposed to Zika do not have symptoms, so they may not even know they have it.
Symptoms of Zika infection may last from a few days to a week and include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The greatest risk for complications from Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus. Zika virus can cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly. The CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid travel to areas with Zika and do not have unprotected sex with a partner who has traveled to an area with Zika. When traveling it’s important to learn about potential risks and take precautionary measures in order to avoid the risk of contracting the Zika Virus, including the proper use of mosquito repellent. Couples planning on conception should talk to their health care provider about any risks as well as any travel plans.
The Framingham Health Department will continue to follow information on the Zika virus and is posting all related Public Advisories from the MDPH on our website at www.framinghamma.gov and on our Message Hotline 508-532-5478.