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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer a lunch-and-learn event, “Zika & You: What You Need to Know to Fight the Bite,” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25 in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. The event is open to the public, and lunch will be provided. No registration required.
The program will begin at noon with a presentation by D. Christopher Rogers, a research associate for the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas. Rogers monitors mosquitoes for the State of Kansas.
After Rogers’ presentation, there will be a brief panel discussion with an opportunity for community members to ask questions. In addition to Rogers, panelists will include:
Zika virus primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes, but it also can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect where the brain doesn’t develop properly. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites by:
“This is a great opportunity to learn from our state experts about the Zika virus and how to be proactive in preventing mosquito bites,” said Sonia Jordan, preparedness and epidemiology coordinator at the Health Department.