SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Two more cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Missouri from people traveling out of the country, according to The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Department said one case is a male Missouri resident who visited the Dominican Republic, the other, a male Massachusetts resident, traveled to Puerto Rico and visited Missouri after contracting the virus.
Officials from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have been in contact with their counterparts in Massachusetts.
In Missouri, there is now a total of 4 cases of Zika from people who traveled out of the country. Arkansas also has 5 confirmed Zika cases. Nationally, the CDC reports 691 cases with the highest number in New York with 164 cases.
Nearly 80 percent of people infected with the virus will have no symptoms. Typically, symptoms are mild and include fever, rash, joint soreness and/or redness of eyes.
There is not currently a vaccine for Zika virus. The best prevention measure is to avoid mosquito bites in areas with ongoing transmission. There have been no reported cases of Zika virus contracted from a mosquito bite in Missouri. Ways to avoid mosquito bites while outdoors include wearing EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET, wearing pants and long sleeves, or remaining indoors in an air conditioned environment.
The CDC is recommending pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas which include countries ranging from Mexico into the Caribbean, Central American and South America.
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