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Clark County reports first case of Zika virus

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CLARK COUNTY, WA (KPTV) -

A woman in her 60s who recently traveled to Central America has become Clark County’s first reported patient diagnosed with the Zika virus.

Health officials do not expect the virus to spread locally because the kinds of mosquitoes that carry Zika are not found the Pacific Northwest.

The virus can be spread via mosquito bite or sexually transmitted, and this new case is the 27th documented cased in the United States.

"Zika is a serious risk for pregnant women who travel to areas where outbreaks are occurring or have sex partners who have traveled to these areas," said Dr. Alan Melnick, health officer and Public Health director for Clark County said in a release. "Pregnant women should avoid travel to Zika-affected areas and anyone who travels to areas where the Zika virus is spreading should take precautions to prevent infection."

The county public health department is making testing at public health labs for anyone who meets testing criteria. County officials advise against testing asymptomatic people.

Clark County will also continue to track and monitor any other new cases of the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set up a website for more information on the virus at CDC.gov/Zika.

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