- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Department of Health says it has confirmed three cases of Zika in the District - all of which involve people who contracted it after traveling abroad.

D.C. Department of Health spokesman Marcus Williams says one of the victims contracted Zika in 2015 after traveling to South America. Another two got it this year, including a pregnant woman. The victims traveled to South America and Central America.

The virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, is primarily spread through mosquito bites. Many people infected with the Zika virus do not get sick. For those who do, it is usually a mild illness with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

Williams says he can’t provide any additional information about the pregnant woman’s case.

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