State: Kansas has first known case of Zika virus

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TOPEKA, Kan. — State health officials say an adult from southwest Kansas has the state’ first confirmed case of the Zika virus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in announcing the case Friday that the person had traveled to a county with “local Zika virus transmission.” The department said confirmation came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No other details were provided.

Health officials say the virus is mainly transmitted by a specific type of mosquito and most people who get the disease have no symptoms.

Others with the Zika virus suffer from fever, rash, joint pain and pink eye.

Health officials are investigating whether the virus is linked to birth defects in the children of women who caught the virus while pregnant.