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September 18, 2017

First Travel-Related Zika Case Confirmed in Oswego County

OSWEGO COUNTY - The state Department of Health has confirmed that an Oswego County resident contracted Zika virus. The person had traveled to the Caribbean, where Zika virus transmission is common, prior to the diagnosis.

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitos and may cause serious health problems to infected people. Upstate New York, including Oswego County, does not have the species of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus. To date, there have been no locally acquired Zika cases anywhere in New York State.

"Local transmission is almost impossible and Zika is not considered a threat to public health in Oswego County at this time," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang.

Reproductive age women, if they are pregnant or plan to have a baby, are advised not to travel to areas with a risk of getting Zika virus. Zika virus can be sexually transmitted as well.

For more information on Zika virus, or testing for Zika virus, contact the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547, or visit the following websites: Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/zika; or the New York State Health Department https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus.

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