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York City to host free Zika education event Wednesday

York Dispatch

With temperatures rising and mosquito season underway, the York City Bureau of Health will host a free community presentation this week to educate residents about the Zika virus.

The bilingual event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room of the Door of Salvation Church, located at 325 Mulberry St., according to a news release.

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. Scientists believe the species originated in Africa but came to the Americas on slave ships. It has continued to spread through shipping and airplanes. Now it's found through much of the world. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Dr. Kuman Nalluswami of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology will present during the event, titled “Zika — The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Yourself and Your Family.”

The Zika virus is primarily spread through bites from infected mosquitoes, but it also can be spread through sexual contact, according to state Department of Health.

Not all who are infected show symptoms, and for most, the symptoms are mild, the release states. Common symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, according to the state health department.

However, there is a greater concern for women who are infected during pregnancy, according to the release.

The Zika virus can cause birth defects such as microcephaly — abnormally small heads with incomplete brain development — and possibly the autoimmune disease Guillain-Barré syndrome, which causes paralysis, according to health experts.