Dept. of Health confirms two new Zika cases in Louisiana

Dept. of Health confirms two new Zika cases in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The number of people infected by the Zika virus in Louisiana is growing.

The Louisiana Department of Health announced two more travel-related cases of the Zika virus were confirmed in Louisiana this week.

Both patients traveled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care once getting back to Louisiana according to the LDH.

The patients did not show symptoms of the illness until after they got back to Louisiana. According to the LDH, the individuals have recovered and no longer have the virus in their blood.

The cases are the fifth and sixth travel-related cases of Zika in Louisiana.

There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission in Louisiana or in the other 49 states.

Zika virus poses the greatest threat to pregnant women as it has been linked to certain birth defects in babies. Zika can also be transmitted sexually, so pregnant women, women who could be pregnant, and partners of pregnant women seeking to have a child should avoid travel to areas where the Zika virus is common.

Travelers who visit areas where the Zika virus is active should protect themselves from mosquito bites using long sleeves and pants and insect repellant containing DEET.

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