- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Campbell County woman is the first person in Wyoming to contract Zika, and state health officials say she got it in a foreign country.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that only causes mild, flu-like symptoms in most people. But it can cause severe brain-related defects, including disastrously small heads, if women are infected during pregnancy.

The Wyoming Department of Health declined to release details about the woman’s case but says she is not pregnant.

State epidemiologist Tracy Murphy says most states have already reported travel-related Zika illnesses.

Murphy says the first Zika case in Wyoming doesn’t mean an increased risk of the illness in the state.

Zika is spread through bites of certain types of mosquitoes not known to be found in Wyoming.

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