62 cases of Zika confirmed in Michigan

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.

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There have been 62 cases of the Zika virus disease confirmed in Michigan.

Two of those cases, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, are pregnant women.

The disease is spread primarily through the bite of two breeds of infected mosquitoes, which are not found in Michigan.

They are found in tropical areas and some parts of the southern United States.

“If you are considering travel to a warmer destination, especially if you or your partner are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your physician before you travel about the latest health advisories and recommendations,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS.

There have been warnings about pregnant women or couples planning to conceive about traveling to areas where Zika is active.

Pregnant women are especially at risk because the Zika virus infection can cause serious birth defects in unborn children.

There have been cases of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted through unprotected sex with males who show no symptoms spreading the disease to their partners.

Currently there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

The Centers for Disease Control has is recommending these steps for travelers:

• Pregnant women should not travel to areas with active Zika transmission. If they must travel, they should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
• For non-pregnant women who travel to areas with active Zika transmission, it is recommended they prevent pregnancy for at least eight weeks from symptom onset (if ill) or last possible exposure (if illness does not develop).
• For men who return from travel, regardless of whether they develop an illness consistent with Zika virus disease post travel,it is recommended they use condoms and avoid conception for at least six months.
• Men who have been in an area with active Zika virus transmission and have a pregnant partner should either use condoms the right way every time they have sex, or not have sex for the duration of the pregnancy.

There is more information about the number of cases in Michigan and other state-specific information here.

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