1st Alabama resident confirmed with Zika virus

The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting its first confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus in an Alabama resident.

The resident lives in Morgan County. Tests are being conducted from Alabama resident specimens with a travel history to areas where Zika virus outbreaks are ongoing.

In addition to the one positive, there has been one negative result and four test results are pending.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we would have the first positive case of an individual in Alabama with Zika virus,” Acting State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller said. “Given the frequency of international travel to affected areas, we anticipate having additional positive cases. We are working with the medical community to identify high-risk individuals.”

Learn more about the Zika virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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