Latter-day Saint Life

LDS Church Taking Safety Measures to Protect Missionaries from Zika Virus Outbreak


A mosquito-borne virus, the Zika virus, is spreading rapidly through Southern and Central America, and now it's even making its way into the United States. But the symptoms of the Zika virus are fairly mild, including fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes that can last days to a week. Most cases do not require hospitalization.

See what the Church is doing to help protect missionaries against this spreading virus.

The LDS Church will have its mission presidents provide guidance to missionaries about how to avoid the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is "spreading explosively" across the Americas. . . .

"Missionaries throughout the world are instructed on how to stay healthy, including avoiding mosquito-borne viruses," LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Friday morning. "The disease prevention principles are the same for any disease that’s transmitted by mosquito. We will continue to monitor this mosquito-borne disease and will provide instructions on prevention to missionaries through their mission presidents.”

Lead image from Deseret News.
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