SNHD: First non-travel Zika virus case confirmed in Clark County


The first new non-travel Zika case has been reported in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

According to the SNHD’s website, the person affected is a female.  She was first tested on Dec. 28, 2016, and health officials confirmed that she did indeed have the virus on Feb. 8, 2017.

The last confirmed Zika case in Clark County was a man who had traveled to Guatemala.

In Nov. 2016, the U.N. health agency ended its emergency response to Zika.  The agency says the virus which is linked to birth defects requires a long-term approach.

According to the BBC, by lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN’s health agency is acknowledging that Zika is here to stay.

There is no treatment for the Zika virus, which causes flu-like symptoms that last one to two weeks in most cases.  The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.

Zika virus can be transmitted from mother to child, through sexual contact, and through blood transfusions.

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