No Zika virus in Michigan, experts say — yet

Capital News Service
LANSING – The Zika virus will likely reach Michigan, but it won’t be the mosquitoes that bring it, health officials say. The mosquitoes that carry the virus, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus, “live predominantly in tropical areas,” said Josh Meyerson, medical director for the Department of Health of Northwest Michigan. Zika instead poses a threat to Michigan if someone contracts the virus elsewhere during a vacation and brings it here. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Michigan, it may be just a matter of time. “It is likely that we will have confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Michigan,” said Jennifer Eisner, public information officer for the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Health centers receive cancer screening grants

Capital News Service
LANSING – Twenty-two community health centers are receiving federal grants to improve quality of care, especially for reproductive cancer screenings for women. The Michigan centers are among 810 nationwide to receive grants funded by the Affordable Care Act. Facilities receiving $55,000 grants include Cherry Street Services in Grand Rapids; the Ingham County Health Department in Lansing; Center for Family Health in Jackson; Upper Peninsula Association of Rural Health Services Inc. in Marquette; and Detroit Community Health Connection. Each recipient is part of the Federally Qualified Health Center Program and is eligible to receive such funding to supplement health care outreach initiatives. “Community health centers in Michigan are committed to providing high quality health care services to our residents,” said James Haveman, the director of the Department of Community Health.