HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state Department of Health says two Pennsylvania women have tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illnesses Tuesday. Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said the cases pose no threat to the public.
Zika is a generally mild illness that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but doctors believe the virus puts pregnant women at serious risks for birth defects.
At least 2 people in Ohio have tested positive for the virus. A 30-year-old Cuyahoga County woman is the state’s first case. The second is a 21-year-old Stark County man. Both contracted the disease while in Haiti.
No vaccine or medications are yet available to prevent or treat the virus.