The Alabama Department of Public Health will be distributing coloring books to schools in an effort to educate children and parents about the Zika virus.
The Zika coloring books will be provided to children in Pre-K and from the first through the third grades.
According to the Centers for Disease Control: Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
The Zika coloring books have been distributed to county health departments to be handed out to schools.
Here is Alabama’s book: Alabama’s Zika Coloring Book
And here’s a version from the CDC: CDC Zika Activity Book
For more information about Zika in Alabama, check out the ADPH website: http://www.adph.org/mosquito/