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Dr. Kotula Joins Experts for Zika Virus Q & A

Published: Feb. 5, 2016

A virus stirring worry globally reached the Omaha area Thursday, with two cases of the Zika virus reported in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Health authorities confirmed the virus in two women in their 20s who had recently traveled to Zika-affected nations.

And a person in Texas was found to have contracted the disease sexually this week, a revelation that has organizations responding with changes in protocols and advice. The American Red Cross, for instance, sent a recommendation this week on blood transfusions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to change its recommendations soon.

Dr. Rudy Kotula, infectious disease specialst for Methodist Physicians Clinic, was among the local experts who spoke to Omaha World-Herald Reporter Rick Ruggles for this Zika virus Q & A.