JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Centers for Disease Control says it has confirmed that a Missouri man who had traveled to Haiti was infected with the Zika virus. Where that man resides and his current condition are currently unknown, but FOX 4 has reached out for more information.
The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services says this is the first confirmed case reported in a Missouri resident. The virus can be spread through a mosquito bite, unprotected sex, blood transfusions, and infected pregnant women can pass it to their child during pregnancy.
There have been no reported cases of Zika from mosquito bites in Missouri. Haiti is an area known for Zika transmission, and the CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. There is currently no vaccine for the virus. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint soreness and red eyes, but the CDC says that nearly 80 percent of those infected won't exhibit any symptoms.
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