(AP) — Indiana's first case of Zika virus was found in a person who
recently traveled to Haiti, state health officials said Tuesday.
The state is not
releasing the sex of the patient, but said the person was not pregnant.
which was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was
not severe enough to require hospitalization and the patient made a full
recovery, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
Gov. Mike Pence
told WISH-TV the confirmed case was in Grant County in the central part of
An epidemic of
the mosquito-borne illness currently is occurring in Mexico, the Caribbean
and Central and South America. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid
traveling to areas where Zika virus has been detected because of concerns
over birth defects. It also recommends that men who have a pregnant
partner and have been to an area of active Zika virus transmission abstain
from unprotected sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
Commissioner Jerome Adams said the health department is providing guidance
to local health officials and providers in anticipation of additional
travel-related cases in Indiana.
"The risk of
contracting Zika virus here in Indiana remains low, but we know that many
residents are concerned," Adams said. "We urge anyone visiting affected
areas to take steps to avoid mosquito bites."
infected do not get sick. For those who do, it is usually a mild illness
with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.