Yolo County resident tests positive for Zika virus

Feb 10, 2016 8:40 PM

Yolo county resident has tested positive for Zika virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The patient had flu-like symptoms and sought medical attention; that's when doctors were able to confirm the person had contracted the Zika virus.

Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites. The virus has spread to 20 countries in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

According to the CDC, the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes. These symptoms are usually mild, but can last several days to a week. Many people who have Zika will not experience symptoms. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

Officials said pregnant women are believed to be the most at risk for complications from the Zika virus because serious birth defects have been reported in infants born to women infected with the virus.

“Yolo County residents traveling to Central or South America or the Caribbean, where Zika is present, should take precautions against mosquitoes,” Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman said. “If you are pregnant, consider postponing your trip. All travelers to areas where Zika is present should go to their doctor if they experience any of the symptoms associated with Zika within three to seven days after they return. Pregnant women who have recently traveled to an area with Zika should talk to a health care provider about their travel even if they don’t feel sick.”


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