1311 South Peterson Ave.
Douglas, GA 31533
Zika Virus Information
We have had a very successful start to the new school year. We have been corresponding with the State Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control concerning the Zika Virus. Our focus at this time is on education and prevention. To ensure that we all have accurate information, I have included some key points from the CDC. We are taking precautionary steps by implementing mosquito control measures on school grounds.
Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, through sexual contact, or from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika virus is not passed directly from person to person through casual contact.
For most children and adults, Zika virus infection will not cause symptoms or will only cause mild symptoms.
Zika virus infection during pregnancy is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and certain birth defects; therefore, special considerations for preventing exposure might be needed for pregnant women, women trying to conceive, and their male sexual partners.
School officials are taking steps to provide safe school environments through mosquito bite prevention efforts and sharing accurate Zika virus information with staff members, students, and families.
It is not recommended for schools to remove students or staff members who have Zika virus disease or who were exposed to Zika virus, or to cancel school-related activities because of Zika virus concerns.
We will continue to monitor developments surrounding the Zika Virus. Hopefully this health threat will not make it into our area but in the meantime we are taking precautions and following the directions of the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health. To keep the public informed about the Zika virus, the school system has established an information page on our website at www.coffee.k12.ga.us/zika.
Dr. Morris Leis Superintendent Coffee County Schools