S.C. Health Officials Report 1st Case of Travel-Related Zika

WASHINGTON TIMES — COLUMBIA, S.C. — Public health officials say the first South Carolinian to test positive for Zika virus contracted it while traveling abroad and wasn’t contagious upon returning home.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the case Friday.

Dr. Teresa Foo told The Associated Press the person went to the doctor as a precaution, though symptoms experienced while traveling had subsided. Foo gave no details on the person or the trip, citing patient confidentiality.

There have been 426 cases of Zika reported in 50 states – all linked to travel to outbreak areas. The virus is primarily spread through mosquitoes.

Zika causes a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people, with symptoms including fever, rash and joint pain. But infections in pregnant women have been linked to a brain defect.

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