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CONFIRMED: Clark County resident tests positive for Zika virus

Zika Virus (MGN Online)

The Southern Nevada Health District confirms that a Clark County resident has tested positive for the Zika virus.

The patient who became infected is a man who recently traveled to Guatemala.

"The Health District has been actively monitoring all developments related to the Zika virus and testing potential patients in accordance with CDC guidelines," said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

Zika virus spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito and can be passed from person to person through sex from a man to his partners. It can also be passed from mother to her baby during pregnancy, and the possibility that it can spread through blood transfusions is being investigated.

"Being that we're in Las Vegas and we're a heavy traveling area, I think people should be on the lookout," said Dr. Justin Maxwell.

Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headaches. Most often the virus is mild and does not require hospitalization. Four out of five people infected will not know they are carrying the virus.

Currently, there is no vaccine for Zika and it can cause birth defects.

"I think it's reasonable for people to be a little worried. Mainly, people that are traveling," said Dr. Tony Fredrick, a medical epidemiologist for the Southern Nevada Health District.

"Right now, we don't have the mosquitoes [in Clark County] that cause the illness," he continued.

For more information about the virus, travel restrictions and the impact the virus can have on a pregnancy, check out the CDC website.


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