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PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
With the terrorist attacks of September 2001, and anthrax attacks in the following month, public health staff members have been designated and serve as front-line emergency responders. The need for public health's participation was also evidenced with the devastation resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Staff members in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Division train departmental staff, write public health emergency response all hazards plans, develop and conduct exercises to assure that Monroe County can adequately respond to any public health emergency situation.
ZIKA VIRUS INFORMATION
The Zika Virus is a virus primarily spread through infected mosquitoes, though can also be transmitted through sexual contact. Zika is linked to serious birth defects including microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is much smaller than expected. Microcephaly can result in a variety of health and development problems, including seizures, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, problems with balance, trouble feeding, vision problems, and more. Recently the Zika virus has become a significant public health concern as it continues to spread internationally.
For more information on Zika, visit:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
The World Health Organization (WHO)
• Call local authorities 911
or central dispatch (734)243-7070• or contact the FBI