Case of Zika virus confirmed in Niagara County

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. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Niagara County Department of Health has confirmed another case of Zika virus in western New York.

Zika is believed to have caused birth defects seen in other parts of the world affected by the virus’ outbreak, like Brazil.

“In otherwise healthy adults or children, the Zika virus is going to be a mild infection, a fever and a rash,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein

As of April 13, 54 cases of Zika virus were confirmed in New York State.

In February, a case was confirmed in Erie County. The person carrying the virus had traveled to El Salvador before they were diagnosed.

It is not clear where in Niagara County the new Zika case was located. Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton released a statement on the matter:

“The Niagara County Department of Health has received confirmation of a case of Zika through testing by the New York State Department of Health. This individual did not acquire the virus in the United States. The public is not at any risk. The patient’s symptoms have resolved on their own.”

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