Zika virus confirmed in pregnant woman, 2 others in D.C., 1 in Va.


    An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Three cases of Zika virus infections in D.C. and one in Virginia have been confirmed, officials say.

    In D.C., two of the cases have been reported in 2016 and one in 2015.

    The D.C. cases and the Virginia case each involve individuals who traveled outside the United States, two in Central America and two in South America.

    One of the 2016 cases in D.C. is a pregnant woman, according to a spokesperson for the DC Department of Health.

    A Harrisonburg mother of three has been diagnosed with the first known case of the Zika virus in Virginia.

    Heather Baker tells media outlets that she received a letter dated Feb. 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirming that she has Zika virus. Baker thinks she contracted the virus in November while on a mission trip in Guatemala.

    She says the first symptom was a swollen lymph node on the side of her head. She then began experiencing joint pain, a rash and body aches.

    Zika is transmitted from infected mosquitoes to people, from infected pregnant mothers to babies and possibly through sexual activity. Babies born to mothers with the virus can have birth defects.

    Baker says she is managing her symptoms and trying to be cautious.

    The D.C. Department of Health issued the following statement:

    "The DC Department of Health (DOH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor and track Zika virus infections in DC residents. It is important for residents to remember that there is no immediate threat to their health and well-being if they have not travelled to the known affected areas. However, we must all stay well informed and be cautious when traveling internationally. DOH has created a webpage that will be regularly updated, with a fact sheet on the Zika Virus and other key information to ensure that all DC residents are engaged and informed."

    Click here for more information on the Zika virus.


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