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CT officials taking steps to prepare for spread of Zika

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The Zika virus has not hit Connecticut, but government leaders want to make sure the state is prepared for the possible spread of the infection. 

On Wednesday, every state agency that could possibly deal with the virus attended a Zika response training exercise at the Department of Public Health.

The government leaders made plans for how the state would respond if someone contracted Zika in Connecticut.

“The idea is to work our response plan and be practical in how we respond and how those decisions will be made,” said Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner for the Department of Public Health.

So far there have been 58 cases of Zika in the state, including three pregnant women, but all of the victims are people who traveled to Zika zones and brought the virus back with them.  

One type of Zika-carrying mosquito is in Connecticut, but state leaders believe local transmission is unlikely at this point.

However, the agencies want to be prepared for anything.

State leaders made plans for increased mosquito sprayings and ground inspections in the event that a non-travel or sexual contact related Zika case pops up in Connecticut.  

Gov. Dannel Malloy said Wednesday’s preps are only a starting point.

Right now the best way to avoid the virus is to stay away from all of the Zika zones if you can.

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