- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Health officials say a travel-related case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Travis County.

A statement from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department Thursday says that an Austin man younger than 50 contracted the virus while travelling to Colombia, and is the county’s first positive case.

Department spokeswoman Carole Barasch said that the man was not taken to a hospital and recovered at home.

The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquito. Zika has been spreading quickly in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus causes no more than a mild illness in most people but has been linked to a spike in a rare birth defect in Brazil.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women consider postponing trips to outbreak regions until more is known.

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