Illinois Health Officials Report 3rd Case Of Zika Virus

That's a real problem though, because they can unknowingly spread the virus to other Aedes mosquitoes and with global travel the disease keeps spreading.

A health official said Saturday Colombia has now recorded 41 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome that appear to be linked to Zika.

In Brazil, the Zika virus has been linked to cases of microcephaly, or abnormally small heads in newborns.

The announcement comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week that the virus is "spreading explosively" across the Americas, predicting three to four million cases this year.

"I am following six patients with microcephaly associated with malformations of the limbs, together with arthrogryposis, probably with neurogenic causes", she said.

Nearly 2,000 pregnant women now have the virus, Colombia's National Health Institute said, out of the more than 20,000 people infected across Colombia.

The Zika virus was first discovered in Africa in 1947, but until a year ago, when it was found in Brazil, it had never been a threat in the Western Hemisphere.

"We want to be clear that Zika can not be transmitted through casual contact", Dr. Robinson said on a conference call with reporters.

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No other members of the family of the child have tested positive, and the Ministry of Health is looking into whether there are other cases of the disease near where the child lives.

Health department spokesman Matthew Lipani told Patch Thursday the infected person lives in the northwestern part of Virginia and recently returned from traveling in Central America.

There have been 31 cases in the USA including some here in Texas.

But the owner of Richcreek Vacation Center said it doesn't mean you can't travel at all.

For those with travel plans already booked, a handful of airlines are allowing some customers to cancel or postpone their trips if they're headed to fly to any affected areas.

For most people, Zika causes mild flu-like symptoms which go away within about a week, they said.

The committee will draft a recommendation to Chan, who will make a determination next week whether to declare Zika a "public health emergency of worldwide concern", or PHEIC.

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