Public health officials have identified the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus brought back into Georgia by a traveler to South America.
The person, who was not pregnant, contracted the virus in Colombia in late December, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Zika has been associated with brain defects including microencephaly, a condition that causes abnormally small heads in babies. The dangers posed to pregnant women have prompted the department to issue a travel advisory to the affected countries, a list of which can be found here.
The patient has made a full recovery and was discovered to be carrying the virus during a test by the tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus cannot be spread through normal contact from one person to another.
The department reiterated its recommendation that travelers, especially pregnant women, avoid travel to countries where the outbreak is prevalent or take extra precautions against mosquitoes in cases where travel is required. It urged once again those who have traveled to the affected nations to be tested for the virus.
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