Friday, January 29, 2016

LDS Church provides instructions to missionaries for avoiding Zika virus outbreak in Western Hemisphere

photo credit  Andre Penner, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church will have its mission presidents provide guidance to missionaries about how to avoid the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is "spreading explosively" across the Americas.
The virus generally causes mild symptoms, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women against travel to many Central and South American and Caribbean nations because Zika appears to cause brain damage in newborns.
"Missionaries throughout the world are instructed on how to stay healthy, including avoiding mosquito-borne viruses," LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Friday morning. "The disease prevention principles are the same for any disease that’s transmitted by mosquito. We will continue to monitor this mosquito-borne disease and will provide instructions on prevention to missionaries through their mission presidents.”...see more

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