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New Cases of Zika Virus in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health reported three new cases of the Zika virus in Virginia on Thursday.

Of the 3 new cases, 2 of them are within the Northern Region health district, according to the health department. In all, eighteen cases of the Zika virus have currently been reported within the Commonwealth. Out of 18, 9 of them are reported to be within the Northern Region health district.

Most people don’t experience any symptoms, some experience very mild symptoms. Centers for Disease Control states that symptoms that occur may include: fever, rash, joint pain, or redness (red eyes).

If you’re pregnant and traveled to a Zika-affected space throughout pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Controls advises you to contact your health care provider and ask about getting tested for Zika.

The Centers for Disease Control announces 591 cases of the Zika virus reported within the United States (168 were pregnant women).

Majority of the U.S. cases involved individuals bit by mosquitoes with the Zika virus outside the U.S. According to the CDC, Mosquitoes become infected once they bite an individual already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes will then unfold the virus to others through bites.

CDC has issued a Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions travel code for individuals traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is in progress.

A new study reveals that a baby born to a pregnant girl who contracts the Zika virus throughout the primary trimester renders a %13 probability of being born with a severe and rare brain defect, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

That condition is characterized at birth by an abnormally small head and often incomplete brain development.