Michigan confirms first Zika virus case


State health officials have confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in Michigan.

The state said yesterday that an Ingham County woman contracted the virus while traveling in a country where it’s transmitted and experienced symptoms consistent with the disease after returning to Michigan.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes and has been spreading through countries such as Brazil.

It is feared to cause severe birth defects in unborn children. The state said the Ingham County woman was not pregnant.

Fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes are common symptoms. They typically are mild and last several days to a week. Many infected with the virus will not experience any symptoms.

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