Michigan officials confirm first Zika case

State officials have confirmed that a 61 year old woman from Ingham County, Michigan, is the first confirmed Zika case in the state, according to a Lansing State Journal report.

The Michigan woman contracted the virus while traveling in Barbados. Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail told the Lansing State Journal, "The woman sought medical attention three weeks ago after developing a fever and rashes. Because those are symptoms of the Zika virus, the woman was tested, as procedure dictates...there are a handful of other samples from residents in the county that are awaiting results."

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Zika is not currently being spread by mosquitoes in the continental U.S., but health officials do expect the number of Zika cases amongst travelers to increase as the virus continues to spread through countries in the Caribbean, South America and Central America.

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