Schenectady County, N.Y. resident being tested for possible Zika virus

Aedes aegypti mosquito
FILE - This 2006 file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, announced new guidance for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects. Officials say doctors should ask pregnant women about their travel and certain symptoms, and, if warranted, test them for an infection with the Zika virus. The virus is spread through mosquito bites. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Schenectady County resident is being tested for the Zika virus.

According to county officials, the individual recently traveled to a South American country where the virus transmission has been documented.

The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for affected countries in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Samoa and Cape Verde.

The infection has been associated to severe birth defects in some Latin American countries, though the CDC has not linked the two.

Symptoms typically begin two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is currently no vaccine or specific medication to treat Zika virus infection.

The New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center Laboratories in the Corning Tower in Albany will begin to provide free Zika virus testing for New Yorkers who have recently traveled to an affected country.

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