A town hall meeting held by Fort Carson officials on the Zika virus Wednesday evening gave local health experts an opportunity to share facts of the disease and dispel misinformation about who’s at risk of contracting the illness.
"We’re coming into mosquito season, and we want to make sure that people are not in the dark about Zika — that they understand what the threat is, and that there’s a low threat here in Colorado," said Roger Meyer, a spokesman for Evans Army Community Hospital.
The state Department of Public Health and Environment said a local outbreak is unlikely because the types of mosquito that carry the virus, members of the Aedes genus, do not live in Colorado.
The state has seen three cases of Zika virus, all in people who traveled to countries where the disease was actively transmitted by mosquitoes, said Jennifer House, a state public health veterinarian. The disease can be transmitted sexually, although there is no recent record of Zika virus transmitted sexually in Colorado.
State health officials are taking steps to educate the public.
"We have a Zika task force, and we communicate regularly with local health departments, our hospitals and our obstetrics and gynecology associations," House said.
Medical officials shared details about transmission, symptoms, treatment and prevention of the Zika virus at Wednesday night’s…