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AFC URGENT CARE GIVES TIPS TO AVOID ZIKA AND WEST NILE VIRUS

Danbury Urgent Care Doc’s Look Beyond Olympics As Local Families Buzz About Best Ways to Protect Against Infected Mosquitoes

DANBURY, CONN – As many head towards Brazil this week to either attend the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro or visit family, local Connecticut docs warn that mosquito-borne diseases are increasing both globally and right here at home, taking a bite out of summer fun and posing serious health threats.

Infected mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have already entered the U.S this past week when 4 mosquitos tested positive for Zika in Miami, Fla., while closer to home, a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus 2 weeks ago in Stamford. These are startling facts which tell us that Americans could get infected right here at home, and possibly this summer– according to the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who also states that as of now, vector control, (the control of the spread of mosquitoes), has not been effective, especially in Puerto Rico. where we are witnessing a widespread Zika outbreak.*

A newly released study in the journal Climatic Change shows another half a billion people could be at risk from diseases carried by insects including the Zika virus and West Nile virus.
The World Health Organization reports that Zika, with early outbreaks in South America and Southeast Asia, has, since spring of this year, been recorded in record numbers in Puerto Rico as well.
“With Zika spreading to the U.S., we are urging our patients to take precautions to protect themselves from bug bites,” says Joyce Moscowitz, MD, Medical Director at AFC Urgent Care Danbury “We want to make sure patients are protecting themselves on a daily basis from mosquitoes. Because there is no vaccine yet, our focus is on prevention, which includes practicing safe sex, keeping covered, removing any and all standing water and using a strong insect repellent. You can see more in depth info on our blog”.

We invite you to interview our docs at the local AFC urgent care centers either at 2 Main Street or 100 Mill Plain Road in Danbury, to explain the best way to protect families from bug-bite diseases. We also invite you to talk to families in our clinics about their fears of these illnesses as they prepare for summer travel.

For Zika Virus Fast Facts we urge you to read our blog Preventing Zika in Connecticut; What We Can Do ,
and for West Nile Virus Fast Facts: http://www.doctorsexpressdanbury.com/how-you-can-protect-against-west-nile-virus/

*Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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About AFC Urgent Care:

In 2005 an emergency room physician realized that there must be a more efficient and affordable system for urgent care than what was available at the time. Doctors Express, recently rebranded as AFC Urgent Care was formed that year, with the firm belief that medical care should be convenient, of the highest quality, compassionate and brought to patients at a value price. And it’s catching on: since then, AFC Urgent Care has grown to over 80 walk- in urgent care centers throughout the United States. Danbury CT is home to 2 centers, at 2 Main Street in Danbury and 100 Mill Plain Road, and a third under construction at 74 Newtown Road., very close to the Bethel border. Treating everything from cuts and bruises to fractures, colds and everything in between, AFC Urgent Care offers on-site labs, x-rays, prescriptions, and Board certified physicians, PA’s and APRN’s on staff every day offering all the tools needed to provide top-notch service to the community. They are open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and accept most insurance. For more information, please visit AFCUrgentCareDanbury.com