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Connecticut lab identifies first Zika virus case in state

Reuters

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Public Health says it has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in Connecticut.

The agency announced Friday the mosquito-borne viral infection had been detected by its state laboratory. The unidentified patient is 60-69 years old and had traveled to a Zika-infected area. The person showed signs of the illness upon returning home in early March.

The patient’s symptoms included a skin rash, conjunctivitis, fatigue, chills, headache and muscle aches. The department said the person has been seen by a physician and is recovering.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed the agency in January to begin testing for the Zika virus.

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Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino urged residents to avoid traveling to affected countries. If they must go, he urged them to be vigilant.

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