Utah child is first confirmed Zika virus case in the state

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah health department says a child has been confirmed to be the state’s first Zika virus case.

The Utah Department of Health said Tuesday that the child between the ages of 2 and 10 years old recently traveled to a county where the virus has spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the child tested positive for the virus, which is primarily spread through bites from a specific mosquito not found in Utah.

Many people infected with the Zika virus do not get sick, although health officials are investigating whether there is a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and a rare birth defect called microcephaly.

The Utah child has had symptoms, including a rash, but no health complications.

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