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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: February 9, 2016
DHSS-2-2016





MEDIA ADVISORY: STATEWIDE MEDIA CALL

DELAWARE TO ANNOUNCE TRAVEL-RELATED POSITIVE ZIKA CASE


WHO: Karyl Rattay, MD, MS, Division Director, Division of Public Health (DPH) Awele Maduka-Ezeh, MD, Medical Director, DPH
WHAT: DPH will announce the first Delaware Zika case in an adult female. It is travel-related and pregnancy is not an issue. Drs. Rattay and Maduka-Ezeh will share the latest recommendations and information.
Zika is a generally mild illness currently widespread in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Anyone who lives or travels in the impacted areas can be infected. Zika is mosquito-borne and most people who are infected with Zika do not develop symptoms. The most serious threat linked to Zika is birth defects in infants whose mother contracted the disease. DPH is focusing its messaging and awareness on preventing exposure for pregnant women and their partners.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:45 p.m.
CALL: Dial 302-526-5475, then enter conference ID: 1627127

INFORMATION:


Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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