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First Case Of The Zika Virus Found In Columbus

The first local case of Zika have been confirmed. Columbus Public Health reports that a 38-year-old Columbus Women contracted the virus while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.

On Monday Columbus Public Health officials confirmed the first local case of the Zika virus. A 38-year-old Columbus woman contracted the virus while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. 

Spokesperson for Columbus Public Health, Jose Rodriguez said fortunately the woman is not pregnant.

“Zika has been associated with poor health outcomes for pregnant women. So again it’s great news that the individual is not pregnant,” said Rodriguez.  

According to the CDC, outbreaks of the Zika virus began in 2015 in Brazil. The virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitos and has spread to other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Other cases of Zika have been reported in the US, but they are a result of individuals traveling to the affected countries.

On Monday, the Hancock County health commissioner confirmed a second case of Zika. A 50-year-old man in Findlay, Ohio contracted the virus on a trip to the Caribbean. Jose Rodriguez of Columbus Public Health said these two cases are not related.