State confirms first Connecticut case of domestically-acquired Zika

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The infamous aedes aegypti mosquito seen through a microscope. It is the main culprit of the zika epidemic as well as that of other viruses like dengue or chikungunya.

HARTFORD — The State Department of Public Health announced Wednesday the first case of Zika virus in Connecticut acquired in the continental United States. The patient had recently traveled to Florida.

The DPH reminds residents, particularly pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant, to avoid travel to regions that have been affected by Zika virus. Travelers to these areas should protect themselves from the virus by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to areas where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites, though it can also spread through sexual transmission. While illness is usually mild, the possible link with birth defects and miscarriages makes prevention of infection among pregnant women essential.

In Connecticut, surveillance for Zika virus began on February 15. To date, 85 patients have tested positive for the Zika virus in Connecticut, 5 of who were pregnant. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,358 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States.

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