Travelers urged to take steps to prevent mosquito bites
The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites from Aedes aegypti and causes only a mild illness in most people. But there’s been mounting evidence linking the virus to a surge of a rare birth defect in Brazil. (CDC via AP)
FRANKFORT, KY (AP) -
Kentucky health officials are urging spring break travelers to take steps to prevent mosquito bites if traveling to areas of the globe where the Zika virus has been documented.
The Department for Public Health recently said a Louisville man has tested positive for the virus. The man had traveled to a Central American country where the virus is circulating.
Health officials say the man is doing well and is expected to fully recover from the illness.
Zika is an infectious disease spread by the bite of a mosquito. The virus is currently circulating in many warm-weather areas outside the United States.
Health officials say anyone planning to travel during the spring break season is encouraged to learn more about the virus, where it is spreading and ways to avoid mosquito bites.
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