The first case of Zika virus has turned up in Wake County in a person who had been traveling outside the country, health officials said Thursday.
A doctor tested the person, who was not identified by name, age or gender, after the person complained of symptoms associated with the mosquito-borne virus.
County health officials said the person had traveled abroad, but did not disclose where to or when.
They are monitoring the person’s condition, they said.
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“We want to reassure citizens that there is currently no risk of transmission from this patient to others,” said Sue Lynn Ledford, the county’s public health division director.
Zika symptoms typically appear two to seven days after an infected mosquito bites a person and occur in about a fifth of the people bitten, officials said.
Symptoms include fever, eye redness, joint pain and rash.
The biggest concern with the Zika virus has been an increased risk of birth defects in children of women who become infected while pregnant.
Wake officials said their case is the fifth in North Carolina.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 100 cases of travel-related Zika have been reported in the U.S.
There have been no reports of infected mosquitoes biting anyone in this country.