Two more cases of Zika identified
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has announced the state's second and third Zika cases, bringing the total number of Delaware cases to three. All three cases are travel-related and the result of a mosquito bite during visits to the countries where Zika is widespread.
In the second case, an adult male was tested after showing symptoms of the disease from a January trip. In the third case, an adult female also showed symptoms of the disease following a late February-early March trip.
Pregnancy is not an issue. Both cases were mild and risk of infection to others is extremely low.
Zika is a very mild illness and the vast majority of people exposed to it do not develop symptoms. The most significant long-term health problems linked to Zika are serious birth defects.
Because there is neither a vaccine nor antiviral medications available to prevent Zika virus infection, DPH joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in sharing precautions for pregnant women or women who may get pregnant.
The number of countries with travel warnings aimed at anyone planning to travel there continues to expand. For the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of countries, visit: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika/ and dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/zika.html.
Walk for Autism is April 16
The 10th Anniversary celebration of the Walk for Autism will begin on Saturday, April 16, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
The Wilmington leg of the statewide event takes place Saturday, April 23 at Fox Point State Park.
Walk for Autism organizers hope to attract 800 walkers in Lewes who will walk to the Cape Henlopen State Park parade field to form the world's largest human puzzle piece for entry into The Guinness Book of World Records. The puzzle piece serves as a symbol for autism.
The funds raised at the Walk for Autism support Autism Delaware's statewide programs and services, which address the range of services that people on the spectrum need to live full lives as members of their communities.
The goal for our tenth anniversary is $220,000."
E-Racing the Blues South fun walk
The 3rd annual E-Racing the Blues South fun walk to benefit the Mental Health Association in Delaware will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, in Rehoboth Beach.
The event will begin at the Boardwalk Bandstand and continue to Rehoboth Avenue to Grove Park where there will be exhibitors sharing their story about mental health and suicide prevention. Each participant will be given a prize ticket after visiting each exhibitor which can later be turned in for an opportunity to win prizes donated by area merchants.
Participant registration is $10 and can be done online at www.eracingtheblues.org. All funds raised stay in Kent and Sussex counties.
For more information, call 800-287-6423.
Volunteers needed for Art Cart
The Cancer Support Community - DE and the Tunnell Cancer Center at the Beebe Health Campus in Rehoboth seek volunteers for a new collaborative program, The Art Cart.
The Art Cart will be taken to the Infusion area of the Tunnell Cancer Center on Tuesdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30-4 p.m. Volunteers will bring a new art project each month to the patients as they receive treatment.
Volunteers must be a trained Beebe Healthcare volunteer. Monthly training will be given for the art projects.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact Kaye Webb or Jo Allegro-Smith at 645-9150. You may also email Kaye at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jo at email@example.com.
DBCC plans scrapbooking workshop
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will host a Scrapbooking Workshop for breast cancer survivors on Monday, April 25 from 4-6 p.m. at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach.
Attendees are asked to bring four to six 4x6 inch photos to use for their scrapbook page.
This event is part of the "Sussex Survivor Social" series which is organized by DBCC as a social group for breast cancer survivors in Sussex County. Through these events, survivors meet monthly to learn, volunteer, and socialize.
The event is free and open to all breast cancer survivors. An RSVP is required. RSVP to Connie Holdridge at 302-644-6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smart Cookie Day
During National Autism Awareness Month in April, Autism Delaware sets aside one day - Smart Cookie Day - to help autism advocates gain the ears of their state legislators. This year, Smart Cookie Day will take place on Thursday, April 14.
Autism Delaware has also scheduled events for all 30 days in April. These "30 Days of Awareness" require the time and energy of Autism Delaware's trusted volunteers and entire staff. The calendar of events, which expands daily, includes information tables to be set up throughout the community, third-party fundraisers at restaurants that are donating a portion of their proceeds to Autism Delaware, Autism Delaware's Walk for Autism, and Smart Cookie Day.
In addition to sharing personal stories on Smart Cookie Day, autism advocates will ask for legislation in Delaware that helps meet the many needs of both their family members on the spectrum and their families. A meet and greet will follow at Frazier's Restaurant on the Waterfront in Dover.
To take part, contact Autism Delaware policy and community outreach director Alex Eldreth at 302-224-6020.