Locals want more Zika information
WHEN Cannonvale resident Therese Timlin found out about the suspected Zika case in the suburb, her mind immediately went to her unborn baby
At 20 weeks pregnant, Ms Timlin said she panicked when she first heard of the possible case.
“I read it on the Chat page on Facebook and I was wondering where more information was,” she said.
“It’s difficult reading it first on social media because your mind goes to the worst possible place and you have no idea if you should leave just in case.
“You have no idea if what you’ve read is actually true or if it’s just a rumour.”
Last year in October, Ms Timlin had a stillborn baby and she said it had made her even more concerned about potential contraction.
“My nerves and emotions are already sky high so to read something like that was incredibly unnerving,” she said.
Ms Timlin said she took it upon herself to find out what effects Zika virus could have.
“I definitely visited doctor Google and I also have an uncle who’s high up and a doctor of infectious diseases,” she said.
“My biggest concern is him being in the UK and being unable to talk to him. I’m well aware that it is not nice and it’s not something you want to be around whether you’re pregnant or not pregnant.”
On Tuesday, June 7, vector control teams finished property inspections in Cannonvale and are now undergoing tests to identify the mosquito larvae collected. Ms Timlin said she hoped to see a formal public announcement made when the outcome has been determined, adding “a Facebook page shouldn’t be what’s giving us updates.”