- The Washington Times - Friday, February 5, 2016

Three cases of the Zika virus have been reported in D.C., all from people who traveled outside of the United States, the city’s health department said.

Of the three cases, one came in 2015, and the other two were confirmed in 2016. One cases from this year involved a women who is pregnant. And all three cases involve people who took trips to Central and South America.

The World Health Organization recognized the first local transmission of Zika in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015 and by January local transmission had been identified in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

As of Feb. 3, a total of 35 Zika virus disease cases have been reported in the United States, but all have been from people traveled outside the country. None of the cases have originated in the continental United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and for most people, it will only cause a mild illness. About 1 in 5 people have symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. That usually happens within one week of being exposed to the virus, according to the health department.

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