Mississippi’s first Zika Cases of the Year in Warren Co.

(Warren County, MS)- The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported Monday its first cases of mosquito-borne illness of the year. The two travel-related cases of Zika virus are residents of Warren County who traveled to an area north of Venezuela. There were 23 Mississippi travel-related Zika cases in 2016. The Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The breed of mosquito that is spreading Zika – Aedes aegypti – has not been detected in Mississippi since the early 1990s. The MSDH is currently conducting surveillance on all mosquito populations in the state. Zika can also be spread through sexual transmission, even if symptoms are not present. There are no available treatments or vaccines for Zika virus.

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