Health officials have confirmed the sixth Zika virus case in our state and the first in Pima County. The previous five cases were all in Maricopa County.
The infected person contracted the virus while traveling outside the United States to various places in the Caribbean, the Pima County Health Department said Friday.
The person returned to Pima County and has recovered from all Zika-related symptoms, the county said. No additional Zika cases have been identified.
“This individual is no longer at risk of transmitting the virus and officials are confident this person was infected while traveling,” the department said in a news release.
Below is a video news story from KGUN-tv in Tucson on this latest Zika report. Click here or on the picture below to watch it.
Arizona Public Media quoted Pima County Health Department Director Francisco García as saying local residents do not need to overly worried about contracting the disease at home.
“The risk of Zika virus spread within Pima County remains extremely, extremely low. And in fact, there is no evidence of any local Zika activity,” said Garcia.
Since the Zika virus is one of a number of diseases (west Nile virus, dengue fever, etc.) that can be spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Pima County Health Department listed a number of ways to limit the exposure to mosquito bites on its website.
- Dress to protect. Wear loose-fitting, light colored long sleeve shirts and pants.
- Check your yard. Remove objects that collect water and dump any standing water. Change water for pets or plants daily and wipe out the container with a cloth.
- Use mosquito repellent. Use sprays or lotions with DEET or other ingredients proven to keep mosquitos away.
- Protect yourself when traveling. Use mosquito repellent and clothes that will prevent mosquito bites while you travel. Speak to your healthcare provider if you feel ill upon return.
We will continue to update you on any new Zika virus cases and any new information as we move into prime mosquito season. Staying on top of the important health issues in our state is another way we are working to help make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!