The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed the first travel-related case of Zika virus in the state. Testing of this individual was... First case of Zika virus confirmed in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed the first travel-related case of Zika virus in the state.

Testing of this individual was done by the CDC, according to Public Health officials.

The individual, who was not pregnant, traveled to Colombia between the end of December and the first of January and has made a full recovery.

Tests are still being done on specimens from several other Georgia residents with travel history to areas where Zika virus outbreaks are ongoing, Public Health said.

“It is extremely important that individuals who have traveled to countries where there are ongoing Zika virus outbreaks keep guard against additional mosquito bites,”  Cherie Drenzek,  state epidemiologist for Public Health, said in a statement.

“During the first week or so of infection, Zika virus can be passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then transmit the virus to other people,” she said.

Here’s more information from the AJC.


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