Suspected Zika Virus in Josephine County

Update (0ZIKA 12/10 11:50am): Josephine County Public Health officials confirm that the mother and child have tested negative for Zika virus.

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Grants Pass, Ore. — Josephine County Public Health says they’re investigating two suspected cases of Zika Virus in the county.

Health officials say a mother and two-week old child were tested after the mother reportedly visited a country known to the CDC to be at high risk for the Zika Virus.

The child was born after the mother returned from her trip. Josephine County Public Health was notified by the patient’s healthcare provider of the concern.

It takes 3 weeks for tests to confirm the virus. Test samples are being sent to the CDC.

Zika is a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitos, that also transmit three other mosquito-borne diseases across tropical and subtropical regions around the world. They are not in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Zika is mild in most people… sometimes causing headache, a rash, joint pain or red eyes. It may occasionally cause a rare neurological condition.

More than two dozen in eleven states and Washington DC have tested positive for the Zika virus. All had recently traveled to countries caught in the middle of the outbreak.

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