Onslow Co. Health Dept tracking Zika Virus as concern grows for pregnant women

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Affecting your health, counties in the east are tracking the Zika virus.

The Onslow County Health Department says the concern grows as the virus inches closer to the United States.
They back the CDC recommendation, saying pregnant women should get screened for the disease if they pose any of the symptoms.
One in five people show symptoms and a blood test can determine if you carry the virus.

“The kind of preliminary and easiest way of getting it done is just drawing some blood they’ll be looking for specific antibodies that are produced,” said Jacob Farnsworth, the Communicable Disease Nurse Manager with the Onslow County Health Department.

According to the CDC, results are available four to 14 days after the lab gets the test.

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