Many Americans are fearful of the Zika virus

Only one man has been confirmed with the virus in Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Health Department confirmed this week that a Boston man has the ZIKA virus. It’s believed he was infected by a mosquito bite out of the country.

Holyoke Medical Center’s Dr. Karen Ferroni told 22News certain women should postpone plans to travel to South America and the Caribbean Islands. She said, “Women who are pregnant, or at risk to be pregnant, should be very careful to avoid certain parts of the world now. Many of these places are popular destinations this time of year.”

Dr. Ferroni described the Zika virus as a mild mosquito-borne virus that’s mostly a minor inconvenience to patients other than pregnant women, or women who intend to get pregnant. The virus poses a significant risk of causing birth defects.

Infectious diseases nurse, Carol Wojnerowski said our lifestyles makes it difficult to escape these viruses carried by mosquitos; “We are a society that is really linked to our airplane travel, and mosquitos can hitch a ride on your luggage, and its very probable that’s what’s happening in these parts of the world, and can warrant precautions.”

So far, an unnamed Boston man is the only person from Massachusetts known to have caught the Zika virus. He was overseas at the time and he’s expected to make a full recovery.

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