- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say there’s a third confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus in New Mexico.

They say a 41-year-old Chaves County man acquired the virus while traveling to Central America.

The state Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division recently began Zika testing and confirmed the case.

One of the mosquito species that can transmit the Zika virus has been found in Chaves County in the summer and fall.

But authorities say in this case, there was no risk of local transmission because there was no mosquito activity when the case occurred.

Officials say a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman was the second person in New Mexico to contract the virus while traveling in the Caribbean.

A 46-year-old Bernalillo County man contracted the virus in March while traveling in El Salvador.


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