Zika: Should you be worried?

The virus was confined to Africa and Asia until 2015.

A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The Aedes aegypti is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against the Zika virus linked to brain damage in babies. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BOSTON (WWLP) – The Boston Public Health Commission confirmed the state’s first case of the Zika virus Thursday and said that additional cases should not come as a surprise.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. There have been 32 documented cases of Zika in the United States, and in every case, patients were infected in another country.

Can the Zika virus spread from one infected person to another? No. Pregnant woman who are infected, however, can give birth to a baby with fetal malformation that affects the baby’s brain development and consequently, the size of its head.

Outbreaks of the Zika virus have occurred in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Right now, there is no medication or cure for Zika.

Doctors at Baystate Medical Center said that the only people who should be concerned about getting Zika and suffering seriously from it’s side effects are pregnant women with a thorough travel history.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a travel advisory suggesting that pregnant women should postpone travel to South America, Central America, Mexico, Cape Verde, the Caribbean and Samoa.

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