Sen. Wyden talks Zika virus with local health professionals

WYDENMedford, Ore. — Senator Ron Wyden is in Southern Oregon to touch on a number of issues, including how the Zika virus is affecting the region.

Local health professionals, as well as representative from Jackson County Vector Control met at Jackson County Health and Human Services on Monday.A few ideas that were brought to the table include public service announcements, and screening at local doctor’s offices.

“What I want to do is collect all this information, and then, when Congress gets back together, come up with a science-based approach that both political parties support,” Senator Wyden said.

Health officials are concerned about people traveling to Brazil for the Olympics, and then bringing the Zika virus to Southern Oregon.

Around 300 cases of Zika have been confirmed in the U.S. In Florida, 14 people have obtained the virus from mosquitoes since Friday

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