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CDC confirms 2 cases of Zika virus in Louisiana

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 26 2016 Feb 26, 2016 February 26, 2016 11:47 AM February 26, 2016 in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells state health officials that the two suspected cases of Zika virus Louisiana reported earlier this month have been confirmed.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced Feb. 11 that officials were investigating two cases of the suspected virus in people who had traveled to a Caribbean country where the virus is established. DHH said in news release Thursday neither was hospitalized or pregnant.

There is believed to be a link between Zika and birth defects, but research is continuing.

Only about one in five people who get Zika show any flu-like symptoms, and it's uncommon for people to get sick enough to be admitted to a hospital.

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