First Mississippi Zika Case Reported

(Jackson, MS) — The first case of Zika virus has been reported in Mississippi. According to the Mississippi Department of Health, the case was in a Madison County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. The person was diagnosed Thursday. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that may cause devastating birth defects if contracted during pregnancy. Zika virus infection can cause a mild illness with symptoms (fever, joint pain, conjunctivitis or rash) lasting several days to a week, but 80 percent of those infected show no symptoms at all. Death is very rare. Pregnant women or women who may get pregnant in the near future should avoid travel to countries with Zika transmission. For more information on Zika, visit

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