Zika Virus: USA’s First Case Confirmed in Georgia


First travel-related Zika has now hit Georgia, according to the The Georgia Department of Health. The case was confirmed after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested samples from the infected person which showed positive results.

The person traveled to Colombia between December and January but was not pregnant. It has not been confirmed whether a mosquito bite or some other source of transmission infected the person.  According to the Department of Health,the person has recovered fully. No other information has been disclosed about the case.

“It is extremely important that individuals who have traveled to countries where there are on-going Zika virus outbreaks keep guard against additional mosquito bites,” said Cherie Drenzek, D.V.M, state epidemiologist for DPH, in a report.

“During the first week or so of infection, Zika virus can be passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then transmit the virus to other people.”

Up till now there are 31 travel-related cases of the Zika virus reported in the United States, across 12 states, according to a report by AJC.

The virus has caused health emergency in South and Central American countries as well as some Caribbean islands. Brazil reports the worst number of cases and it has spread in other American countries as well. It is believed that the virus causes health abnormalities in the newly born babies; microcephaly is a medical condition linked to it.

Eighty percent of the people show no symptoms of the virus. But if somebody falls under the 20 percent, the symptoms experienced are body aches, runny-nose, red-eyes and fever in general. The virus is serious for pregnant women and the unborn child, according to a report by 11 Alive.

As of now, there is no vaccine to cure the virus. Health experts have advised women to avoid travelling to affected countries and if you are living in these places, avoid being pregnant. Cleanliness is recommended to deter mosquitoes from breeding.

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