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6 confirmed Zika cases since February in the Coastal Health District

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We now know there have been six confirmed Zika cases in the Coastal Health District, as well as one in Bulloch County.

To be clear, this is six confirmed Zika cases in the Coastal Health District. We are talking about Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.

There have been three cases in Chatham County, one in Long County, one in Liberty County and one in Camden County.

The first of the six cases was confirmed back in February. They are all considered travel-related cases but one was sexually transmitted.

None of the people infected were pregnant.

Wednesday night, we learned that a person in Bulloch County has tested positive for the Zika virus. A notice was sent to Georgia Southern University students making them aware.

The virus is typically transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes.

Right now, there is no vaccine to prevent it or medicine to treat it, so prevention is key.

The district health director said they council anyone with the virus to use protection while having sex so they don't give it to their partner.

"We know that it can persist particularly in males for up to six months and can be spread six months later,” said Coastal Health District Director Lawton Davis.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that gives you cold or flu-like symptoms. It can be devastating for pregnant women and lead to birth defects.

So, if you feel sick, how do you know you should get tested?

Health officials say red eyes and rash can be good indicators you need to see a doctor. Health officials also want to stress - while we do have cases here - the virus is not "spreading" here.

"So far there is no local transmission of Zika in Georgia. It is not in our mosquito population.  Any cases in Georgia are travel related,” said Davis.

That said, we should specify one case is confirmed to be sexually transmitted. But it is still considered travel-related by health officials.

They say a person got Zika in an affected country, came back here, and then transmitted it sexually to their partner.

We've said this a million times, but it bears repeating. To make sure the Zika virus does not begin transmitting in our area, we all need to remove standing water around our homes, tip and toss, to limit the breeding grounds for mosquitoes, as it is a mosquito-borne illness.

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