Two new Zika cases reported in Ohio

The virus was found in a Butler Counter woman and a Licking County man

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Health is reporting the state’s third and fourth cases of the Zika virus.

Like the other two cases, Zika was found in returning travelers — a 56-year-old Butler County woman, who recently returned from Guyana, and a 60-year-old Licking County man returning from Haiti.

Earlier this week, cases were also reported in Cleveland and Stark County, Ohio and in Pennsylvania.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 52 travel-associated cases of Zika virus in 16 states and the District of Columbia prior to the new Ohio cases, an increase from 35 cases in 12 states since Tuesday.

Zika is primarily transmitted through a mosquito bite, and there is no indication that it can be spread from person to person through casual contact. Researchers say there is evidence that the virus can be spread through sexual contact, however.

Of the people affected with Zika, 80 percent show no symptoms. If there are symptoms, they are usually mild and may include a fever, rash, joint and muscle pain and a headache.

Due to the possible association between Zika virus in pregnant women and certain birth defects, the CDC recommends that pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant consider postponing travel to areas with Zika virus transmission, mainly south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

For more information on the Zika virus, read WKBN’s interview with a Youngstown doctor, or visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

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