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Zika action guide for health ministers
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    As a health minister, you hold a uniquely powerful place in your community. Health ministers often have important insights into the local culture and have earned the trust of community members. You may even serve as community members’ first point of contact for health concerns. As a trusted community leader, you can be a powerful partner in stopping the spread of Zika virus disease (Zika). You can help motivate your local community to fight Zika. Most people infected with Zika virus do not have symptoms. If they do get sick, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting about a week. However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Preventing mosquito bites helps stop the disease from spreading to pregnant women. Health ministers can stress the importance of protecting against mosquito bites, and can encourage people to stay vigilant in the fight against Zika. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends your community get involved in stopping the spread of Zika by reducing the number of mosquitoes in your area. You can also help people know what to do when someone in your area gets Zika, or if there are cases of local transmission. Communities that work together to make sure pregnant women receive the care they need will help prevent the spread of Zika. The HHS Partnership Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborated to create the Health Minister’s Guide on Zika and the Zika Action Guide for Health Ministers. These guides provide information and actionable steps for communities working to fight Zika. Publication date from document properties. action-guide-zika-2016.pdf
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