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Two More Delawareans Diagnosed With Zika Virus

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DOVER, Del. - Two more Delawareans have been diagnosed with Zika virus, health officials said Monday.

According to Delaware's Division of Public Health, a man was tested after showing symptoms following a January 2016 trip. A woman was also tested after showing symptoms following a trip in late February to early March. Health officials say pregnancy is not an issue, and both individuals were infected by a mosquito bite. Both cases were mild, and risk of infection to others, they say, is extremely low. The first case of Zika confirmed in Delaware was in an adult female last month.

"We are not surprised that there are additional Zika cases in Delaware given how often people travel and that the virus is now so widespread in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean,”  said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "With the upcoming spring break and a potential for even more travel to the countries where Zika is common, DPH reminds people to avoid being bitten and, if a woman is pregnant or trying to get pregnant, postpone travel if at all possible, and talk to your doctor if you plan to travel. It is also important to consider the risk of sexual transmission of the virus, and to use condoms if it is possible the male sexual partner has been exposed to the virus.”

For more information on the spread of Zika virus, visit DPH's resource page.

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