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DHHS confirms first case of Zika virus in NC

The first case of the Zika virus infection in a North Carolina resident has been confirmed, the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday. (Source: WECT) The first case of the Zika virus infection in a North Carolina resident has been confirmed, the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday. (Source: WECT)
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -

The first case of the Zika virus in North Carolina has been confirmed, the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

According to the DHHS, the patient, who recently traveled to a country with ongoing Zika virus transmission, has recovered from their symptoms.

Citing patient confidentiality, the DHHS said it will provide no additional details on the patient.

“As long as the outbreak continues in Central and South America and the Caribbean, we expect to see more travel-related Zika virus infections in our state," State Health Director Randall Williams said. "While travel-related cases don’t present a public health threat to North Carolina, we always actively monitor emerging global situations and adjust resources to meet needs.”

According to the DHHS, no cases of the Zika virus have been known to have been acquired in the state or elsewhere in the continental US with the exception of one infection attributed to sexual transmission in Texas.

“We have anticipated all along that travel-related cases would be identified in North Carolina,” State Epidemiologist Megan Davies said. “We want to take this opportunity to reinforce that travelers to any of the countries with active Zika transmission should follow precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites.”

The virus is transmitted though the bite of an infectious mosquito, although cases of transmission through sexual contact and blood transfusion also have been reported.

While the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus are not believed to be widespread in NC, officials encourage the following precautions:

  • Wearing insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Using air conditioning or make sure window and door screens are in place.

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