NC health officials report first case of travel-related Zika

RALEGH, N.C. (AP) — The first case of the Zika virus has been reported in North Carolina in a person who was infected while traveling in another country, state health officials say.

Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services say the case was confirmed in an adult who has recovered. Officials would not identify the country where the person was infected.

No cases of the disease are known to have been acquired in North Carolina or elsewhere in the continental United States except for one infection in Texas attributed to sexual transmission. The virus is typically spread by mosquito bites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, last updated Wednesday, lists 21 states that have reported cases of the Zika virus, along with the District of Columbia.

Many people infected with the Zika virus don’t get sick. For those who do, it’s usually a mild illness with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

Health officials are investigating whether there is a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and a rare birth defect called microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.

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