Health officials confirm Arizona’s first case of Zika virus

Health officials confirm Arizona’s first case of Zika virus

PHOENIX (AP) – Health officials have confirmed Arizona’s first case of the Zika virus in a Maricopa County woman.

The state Department of Health Services and county Department of Public Health said Monday that the unidentified adult woman traveled outside the U.S. to a Zika-affected area before developing symptoms.

Authorities say the risk of the virus spreading throughout Arizona is low and the state’s public health system has a plan in place.

Zika virus is a type of flavivirus that is primarily transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

A link has been identified between the virus and birth defects among infants of infected mothers.

Most people infected with the Zika virus don’t become ill and those who do have symptoms that may include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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