First Zika virus case confirmed in Alabama

First Zika virus case confirmed in Alabama

HATTIESBURG, MS - Another case of the Zika virus was found in Alabama on Wednesday.

The positive test comes from a resident who recently traveled outside of the country.

This virus is spread by mosquito bites and is currently located in areas of Africa, Asia, Mexico, Central and South America

The Mississippi Department of Health said there are no cases of the Zika virus in Mississippi. However, the CDC is concerned about the effect of the virus on pregnant women because it can cause birth defects.

The symptoms of the Zika virus include a fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis which means red eyes. These effects usually last from several days to a week.

This disease can also be sexually transmitted so the CDC recommends that if your sexual partner has traveled outside of the country to use condoms or abstain from sex.

The CDC also wants women to be extra careful if they are traveling to Zika-affected countries.

If you are traveling to Zika affected areas the best way to protect yourself is to wear insect repellent, long sleeves, pants and to stay in places that use door screens.

"The confirmed case in Alabama kind of hits home right now so we are taking all of the precautions," United Blood Services Regional Director Dan McCrady said. "We are deferring people for a minimum of 28 days if they have traveled to any of the countries."

There are currently 35 travel-associated cases in the United States and Florida is affected the most with nine cases.
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