Another Arkansan tests positive for Zika virus

Another Arkansan tests positive for Zika virus
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Thursday that a second Arkansas resident has tested positive for the Zika virus.

According to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Health, the individual recently traveled to Central America and said the case was "mild."

The ADH cautions travelers and women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to take steps to guard against Zika transmission.

The virus is spread through mosquito bites and sexual contact.

According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.

Symptoms are usually mild and last several days to a week.

Pregnant women are most at risk for complications from Zika because of serious birth defects which have been reported in children born to women infected with the virus.

Arkansas residents traveling to Central or South America or the Caribbean, where Zika is present, should take precautions against mosquitoes.

The ADH offers the following tips to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Using an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.
  • Using air conditioning or window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Reducing the number of mosquitoes inside and outside your home by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets and then covering those receptacles. Mosquitoes can breed in as little amount of water as a bottle cap.

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