Lo­cals want more Zika in­for­ma­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

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