3 Florida residents contract Zika Virus during trip to South America

Aedes aegypti mosquito
This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. . (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Three Florida residents have contracted the Zika Virus while traveling outside of the United States.

A Hillsborough County resident contracted the mosquito-borne illness during a trip to Venezuela in December, according to the Florida Department of Health which tracks the cases.

The other two Floridians who contracted the Zika Virus are Miami-Dade County residents who traveled to Columbia in December.

State health officials say there are no locally acquired cases of the Zika Virus in Florida.

Outbreaks of Zika Virus have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. See a complete list of countries where the Zika Virus has been transmitted.

The Centers for Disease Control issued a travel notice for Zika Virus on January 15, advising pregnant women to avoid traveling to 14 countries and territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean where the virus transmission is ongoing.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

According to the CDC, a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects is being investigated in Brazil.

Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries.

Learn more about the Zika Virus.

Zika map

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