Another Missouri traveler tests positive for Zika

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed Wednesday a new case of the Zika virus.

The individual who tested positive was said to be a non-pregnant woman who had recently traveled to  the Dominican Republic. It is unclear where in Missouri she resides.

This latest confirmation brings the total number of travel-related cases of Zika virus in Missouri to 21.

According to the Missouri Department of Health, there have been no reported cases of the Zika virus being contracted from a mosquito bite in the state.

The Zika virus can be spread through a mosquito bite, unprotected sexual contact, and blood transfusion. A pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus during pregnancy. Nearly 80 percent of people who catch the virus will show no symptoms, which includes: fever, rash, joint soreness, or redness of the eyes.

International health officials suspect a connection between pregnant woman catching the virus and a birth defect called microcephaly in newborns. Babies with microcephaly will have smaller head sizes and their brains may not develop properly.

The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas, such as Mexico, the Caribbean, Central American, and South America. Parts of Florida are also included in the warning.

At present, there is no vaccine for Zika virus.

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