March 30, 2016 
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Zika Virus: What You Need To Know

The Zika virus has spread to more than 33 counties and to over 4 million people according to CNN. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women against travel to countries affected by the Zika virus.  Health officials in several of those countries are telling women to avoid pregnancy -- in some cases for up to two years. This virus can be very serious for pregnant women. In Brazil there have been over 400 cases of this virus affecting newborns.

Zika Virus Information
  • The virus is transmitted primary through mosquito bites.
  • The most common symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes).
  • The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
  • There is no vaccine to prevent, or specific medicine to treat, Zika infections.
  • Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol┬«) to relieve fever and pain.
  • Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • If traveling to an area where you could be exposed to the virus, stay in places with air conditioning, or use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a place where Zika has been reported.
 
Sources: CNN news, CDC and Web MD












Avoid Identity Theft

The credit card industry is growing at an unprecedented rate.  According to a recent survey, the average American household has 2.6 credit cards. People should take note that one of the most prevalent credit card scams in society today is identity theft. In fact, $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers through identity theft in 2014. What people do not realize is that having numerous credit cards can also put them at risk for identity theft. 

Fraudulent activities are very prevalent in the industry and the best targets of the culprits are those who have numerous credit cards.  Becoming a victim of identity theft can be costly, time consuming, and wreak havoc on your life.

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Never give out any personal data or information over the phone; even if the caller says he is from the bank that issued your credit card and that the information gathering is just some sort of verification.

If you are offered a promotion requiring you to give some personal information, then, it would be better not to enter the promotion at all.

Do not carry all of your credit cards with you; take only the one or two that you will need. You will never know what will happen while you are in a public place, where identity theft could just be lurking around, waiting for its next victim.