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9th Zika case reported in La.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed another case of Zika in the sportsman’s paradise.

According to reports, the patient had traveled to a region where Zika is ongoing and sought treatment upon returning to the U.S.

This is the ninth case of travel-associated Zika transmission in Louisiana. The Office of Public Health is working with the state to conduct Zika surveillance.

“Surveillance is two fold,” said Dr. Frank Welch, Medical Director for the Center for Community Preparedness. “It includes working with hospitals and other health care providers so that we are notified if and when a possible Zika case is diagnosed. It also includes our work with mosquito control personnel throughout the state who alert us if they detect mosquitoes that are carrying the virus.”

The Louisiana Department of Health urges those traveling to areas affected by Zika to take cautionary actions such as: Use an EPA-approved insect repellent; wear light-colors, long sleeves and pants; and Sleep under a mosquito net if you are outdoors or in an area without door and window screens. 

They also say these tactics can be used at home if mosquitos are abundant.

More from the Louisiana Department of Health: http://www.ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/2478, list of areas with known Zika outbreaks http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

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