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Michigan confirms first case of Zika virus

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Michigan has its first confirmed case of the Zika virus.

Michigan health officials say a woman from Ingham County contracted the virus when traveling in a country where Zika is being transmitted.

The woman, who is not pregnant, experienced symptoms consistent with the Zika virus shortly after returning to Michigan.

The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.  Symptoms are typically mild and last several days to a week. Although many people who are infected will not experience any symptoms.

There is currently no vaccine.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.  These mosquitoes are not found in Michigan, but are widespread in tropical and subtropical areas. 

“This is the time of year when many Michigan residents are traveling to warmer climates.  If you have plans to travel to areas where Zika virus is present, take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.  If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, consider postponing your trip,” says Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  “Travelers to areas where Zika virus is present should contact their doctor if they experience symptoms associated with Zika virus during their trip, or within a week of their return home.”

Pregnant women are most at risk for complications from the Zika virus.  Serious birth defects have been reported in children born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. Until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently advising pregnant women to avoid travel to countries where Zika virus is circulating. 

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