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Zika seminar seeks to educate, answer questions

People showed up for a seminar Monday on the Zika virus in Mesa. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) People showed up for a seminar Monday on the Zika virus in Mesa. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Arizona does have the mosquito that carries the Zika virus (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Arizona does have the mosquito that carries the Zika virus (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Zika virus on the minds of many after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the virus is scarier than they initially thought.

Also on Monday, there was an effort to educate and answer questions regarding the virus at a seminar held at Mountain Vista Medical Center.

"I see a lot of pregnant women in the office who see the news and who are concerned or hear rumors from family and its um extra concerning because of the sexually transmitted part of this disease," said Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Holly Todd.

Todd gave the seminar.

Right now, it's believed the virus is most concerning for pregnant women or women seeking to become pregnant.

Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect and as of this week, the CDC saying it maybe responsible for other pregnancy complications such as premature births and eye problems.

Todd says what women need to be especially cognizant of is even if they avoid mosquitoes, there is still a chance they can get infected.

"If the partner gets infected with Zika during a trip and comes back and his wife is in the first trimester, he can give her the disease sexually and neither one of them may have ever known that they had any illness," Todd said.

[READ MORE: First case of Zika virus in Arizona confirmed]

While the health implications of Zika are the most concerning, there have been other side effects.

For Arizona businessman David Schneider, the virus has lead to a dip in business. He has a vacation rentals business in Rio de Janeiro and says ever since Zika hit the headlines, business has suffered.

"I've had several clients that are anticipating coming down for the Olympics and they are in child bearing years and they're afraid to come and I've had a few cancellations just because of that," said Schneider.

[READ MORE: Spring break travel, Zika virus impacting eligible blood donors in AZ]

So far there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika in Arizona but we do have the mosquito that carries it and the CDC is warning states to be prepared as summer sets in.

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