First Case of Zika Virus Confirmed in Minnesota
ANOKA - The first case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Minnesota for this year.
The Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a case of the virus in an Anoka County woman in her 60s. Symptoms started on January 1st, after she traveled to Honduras.
The woman was not hospitalized and is expected to recover. The most recent previous case of the virus in Minnesota was in 2014, when a man traveled to French Polynesia.
The virus has been spreading through tropical areas of Central and South America. It's spread when mosquitos bite an infected person and then bite another person.
Nearly 80 percent of people infected show no symptoms of the virus. However, it can pose a threat to pregnant women. Microcephaly (abnormally small heads) in infants, miscarriage and Guillain-Barre syndrome have been reported.
As of January 27th, the CDC is recommending pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-impacted areas.
For more information on the Zika virus, click here.