CDC confirms first case of Zika Virus in Chester County

West Chester, Pa. (WTXF) The Chester County Health Department has been notified of the county's first confirmed case of Zika Virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This case involves a Chester County woman (not pregnant) who had recently traveled to an area affected by mosquitos carrying the Zika Virus.   The patient was not hospitalized and has recovered, according to the Chester County Health Department. 

To date, 23 cases of travel-associated Zika Virus have been confirmed in Pennsylvania. There are no locally-acquired cases of Zika Virus in Pennsylvania.

The Zika Virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, which is common in warm climates.  Most people infected with Zika will not have symptoms, but for those that do, the symptoms are mild and last several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  These symptoms can include a rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and fever, and less common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.

 

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