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Wisconsin resident tests positive for Zika virus

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Wednesday the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection in a Wisconsin resident. The woman who tested positive recently traveled to Honduras—where Zika-infected mosquitoes are present.

“Wisconsin is one of the last states to have a confirmed case of Zika virus infection detected in a resident, but we have been actively preparing for the likelihood that this day would come,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown, in this news release.

According to DHS, surveillance has not identified mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus in Wisconsin, and to date, there have been no locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection anywhere in the continental United States.

Zika is typically transmitted to people by a bite from an infected mosquito; however, it also can be spread through sexual contact, blood transfusions and from mother to unborn child, which can cause microcephaly in the infant.

About 80 percent of people who are infected with Zika virus do not have any symptoms. However, illness may develop in 20 percent of infected people within three to seven days after a bite from an infected mosquito. Symptoms are generally mild and can last for several days to a week. Common symptoms of Zika virus infection include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain or headache. Serious complications are extremely rare. There is no medication to treat Zika virus disease and no vaccine is currently available.

DHS and other organizations have developed a number of resources for physicians and other health care professionals. Visit the Society’s Zika virus resource page for more information.

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