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17th Travel-Related Zika Case Confirmed in Missouri

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed a case of Zika virus in a Missouri man who traveled to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. This case brings the total number of travel-related cases found in Missouri to 17.

There have been no reported cases of Zika virus contracted from a mosquito bite in Missouri. But the department suggests ways to avoid mosquito bites while outdoors, including wearing EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET, wearing pants and long sleeves or remaining indoors in an air conditioned environment.

The CDC is recommending pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas which include areas of Florida and countries ranging from Mexico into the Caribbean, Central American and South America.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, all travelers returning from these areas should take precautions like wearing EPA-registered insect repellent to avoid mosquitoes. Additionally, all travelers to these areas should abstain from sex or use condoms for at least 8 weeks after returning. If a traveler or a traveler's partner is pregnant or trying to become pregnant, a doctor should be consulted for specific guidance. Also, returning travelers should immediately contact their health care providers if at any point they feel they may have Zika virus.