Patient in Louisiana tests positive for Zika virus

Patient in Louisiana tests positive for Zika virus

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Health's Public Health laboratory confirmed a new case of the Zika virus in the state.

The patient did not contract the virus in Louisiana and had recently traveled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission. The patient sought treatment in Louisiana, where tests confirmed the infection.

The patient is the seventh Louisiana resident to get the virus while traveling. There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission in the 50 states.

The patient and their health care provider were notified of the Zika-positive result. The Department of Health reported the case to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and it has been included in the CDC's Zika case count.

Zika virus poses the greatest risk to pregnant women, as it has been linked to birth defects in infants. Pregnant women, those who could become pregnant and partners of pregnant women should avoid travel to areas with active Zika transmission. Zika can also be transmitted through sexual activity.

All travelers to areas where the Zika virus is active should take steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes. That includes wearing long sleeves and pants and using insect repellent with DEET.

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