Travel-associated Zika case confirmed in Louisiana

Travel-associated Zika case confirmed in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a new travel-related case of the Zika virus in Louisiana.

The patient had traveled to an environment with ongoing Zika transmission and then returned to Louisiana where the patient sought treatment. While this is the seventh travel-related case of Zika virus in Louisiana, no cases of local transmission have been confirmed.

The case has been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has been included in Louisiana's Zika case count. To find more national and state counts, click here.

The Zika virus is of greatest threat to pregnant women, as it can cause severe birth defects. Anyone traveling in an area where Zika is active should take steps to prevent mosquito bites. For more information about the Zika virus, click here.

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