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Rochester-Area Resident Tests Positive for Zika Virus

By Staff

 

zika-virusAn individual from Monroe County has tested positive for the Zika virus, according to the Monroe County Department of Health.

The health department said the unidentified resident recently traveled to one of the countries which has had a large number of infections from the virus, and experienced flu-like symptoms upon returning to the area.

The individual tested positive for the Zika virus.

However, according to officials, the person has now fully recovered, and there is no possibility of the virus having been transmitted from person to person.

It is only possibly to spread the virus to a person from an infected Aedes mosquito, health officials stated.

There are currently five confirmed cases of the infection in New York, and those people reportedly contracted the virus while traveling abroad.

Three of the individuals were from New York City and the others were from Nassau, Suffolk, Orange and Monroe counties.

The health department’s main concern regarding the virus is its negative effect on pregnant women.

Women in Brazil, who have been infected with the virus while pregnant, are experiencing microcephaly in babies once they are born, the New York State Health Department said.

Microcephaly can slow the development of a fetus’ brain during the first trimester, and cause some babies to be born with unusually small heads.

The CDC has warned pregnant women, and women who are actively trying to become pregnant, or women of child-bearing age, to take special precautions in order to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus.

Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central America, and the northern portion of South America, have recently seen an increased number of infections from the virus.

Visit the state health department’s website at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/ for additional information regarding the virus.