Arab City Council invites public health official to speak about confirmed Zika case

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ARAB, Ala. -- With a confirmed case of the Zika virus in Arab, the City Council invited a State health department official to speak at its meeting Tuesday night to answer any questions residents might have.

Mayor Bob Joslin says the session during the regularly scheduled meeting will allow residents to get answers and ease concerns. "Just sort of question and answer period of anything that they may have, that they'd like to get answered," Joslin explains.

This is the second case of the virus found in Marshall County. "It's not from mosquitoes in this area, but it was contracted from a visit out of the country," Joslin said.

Health officials say the initial confirmed case stemmed from travel as well.

Health officials examined the patient's home and property in Arab. "They've not found any issues over there," Joslin said. "I've contacted our public works department and had them go out to the same location to see if there's any stagnant water or anything that could be breeding mosquitoes, which they could not find any."

City officials say they plan to stay vigilant moving forward.  The Arab City Council meeting starts tonight at 6:30 at Arab City Hall.

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