Ohio Man Who Traveled to Caribbean Diagnosed with Zika Virus

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) – Health authorities in northwest Ohio say a 50-year-old man who recently traveled to the Caribbean has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

The Blade reports the Hancock County health commissioner said tests sent to the Centers for Disease Control had confirmed the man had contracted the virus.

Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi says the man is doing fine.

There are no reported cases of Zika virus being transmitted in Ohio. The virus is spread by mosquitoes and has been identified as a problem primarily in tropical regions.

Pregnant women are advised not to travel to areas where Zika transmission has been reported. Zika has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.