BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Health confirms five more cases of travel-related Zika virus in the state, the infection that's transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
Authorities say each patient had traveled to a region where Zika transmission is ongoing. Health officials say they all the new Louisiana patients started showing symptoms when they returned to the state.
There are now 14 travel-related Zika cases confirmed in Louisiana. There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission of the virus within the state.
Health officials say early detection of the Zika virus is key to prevent it from spreading. The virus is a great threat to pregnant women, doctors have found newborns may be at risk for certain severe birth defects as a result of Zika.
If you're traveling to a region where the ZIka virus is active, the state health department issued these tips to protect yourself from mosquito bites:
• Use an EPA-approved insect repellent.
• Wear light-colored, long sleeves and pants.
• Sleep under a mosquito net if you are outdoors or in an area without door and window screens.