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.