1st confirmed case of Zika virus in Wisconsin

- A Wisconsin woman who recently traveled to Honduras has tested positive for Zika virus, Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials confirmed Wednesday. It is the first confirmed case of the Zika virus in the state.

Wisconsin is one of the last states to have a confirmed case of Zika virus. There have been more than 500 cases detected in the United States, including one Minnesota woman who also contracted the virus after traveling to Honduras. There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika virus in Wisconsin or in the continental U.S. 

There is currently no medicine available to treat Zika virus and no vaccine to prevent it. 

Symptoms

Approximately 80 percent of people who contract Zika virus do not have any symptoms. Symptoms develop within three to seven days after a bite from an infected mosquito and include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain or headache. Officials recommend seeing a health provider if you develop any of these symptoms during or after a trip to a place with Zika virus or if you have had sexual contact with an individual who has traveled to a place with Zika virus. 

Zika-affected areas

Health officials say the best way to prevent Zika virus is to avoid travel to areas where Zika-infected mosquitoes are present, which include: 

Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Cape Verde
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
Saint Martin
Samoa
Suriname
U.S. Virgin Islands
Venezuela

More information on Zika virus can be found here


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