DHH Reports Two Possible Cases Of Zika Virus In Louisiana
In the "News We Don't Want To Hear Department", The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals just announced they're currently investigating two possible cases of Zika virus in the state.
The two suspected cases are reportedly involving two people who have traveled to countries located in the Caribbean. The results of the DHH lab tests have reportedly been sent to the CDC to confirm the results of the test. The DHH says that the two people tested have not needed to be hospitalized.
There is a bit good news however.
Dr. Raoult Ratard tells WAFB.com -
We do not believe that Zika will spread from these suspected cases. Local transmission of Zika by mosquitoes is very unlikely, given the weather and environmental conditions. The chances of getting Zika from a mosquito in Louisiana are very small.
The DHH has not said at this point where these two cases in Louisiana are.
Health officials say the Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people through bites from infected mosquitoes. The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person who already has the virus, then spread the virus to others through bites.