GA Department of Health says Zika virus not in state, but warns travelers

GA Department of Health says Zika virus not in state, but warns travelers

(WTVM) - The Georgia Department of Health is telling international Peach state travelers to take precautions when venturing to countries where the Zika virus has been detected.

DPH is telling cautions travelers, especially pregnant women, headed to countries where the virus is present.

The health department also said that there have been no locally-transmitted Zika cases reported in Georgia or anywhere in the U.S., but cases have been reported in returning travelers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently testing specimens from several Georgia residents with travel history to the affected areas.

There are urgent concerns about Zika virus infection and pregnant women. Zika virus infections have been confirmed in infants with microcephaly and in the current outbreak in Brazil, a marked increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly has been reported.

Pregnant woman or woman trying to get pregnant should not travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who have traveled to these areas should consult their physician immediately. Health care providers should ask all pregnant women about recent travel.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Zika virus is not spread human to human. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Most people infected with Zika virus never know they are sick.

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