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NORTHFIELD, N.J. – The Atlantic County Division of Public Health has confirmed that an Atlantic County resident has tested positive for the Zika Virus.
The infected person had recently traveled to a country where the mosquito-borne virus is active. Upon returning from their trip, the resident had been experiencing fatigue, fever, rash, and joint pain and sought medical attention for their symptoms. Blood samples were sent to the state lab where the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed that the resident had tested positive for the Zika virus,making this the first confirmed travel-related case within the county.
The virus normally shows symptoms within seven days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus and can last up to a week. According to an Atlantic County public health officer, the local resident who had been infected is recovering nicely.
Prior to this case, Atlantic County was one of only four counties within the state that had not yet had a reported Zika case. Now there are 126 confirmed travel-related cases of the virus reported in 18 out of 21 counties.
“We remind all residents who may be traveling to countries where Zika has been locally transmitted to be extremely vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites and educating themselves about the virus - its symptoms and risks, especially to pregnant women,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.
The Zika virus has been known to cause birth defects in pregnant women as CDC has reported that the virus can be passed to the fetus during the pregnancy.
To learn more about the Zika virus, visit the county's website.