A pregnant Missouri woman is the fourth person infected with Zika
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed Friday, a fourth person from Missouri is infected with Zika virus.
According to the department, the woman is pregnant and recently traveled to Nicaragua, a known area of Zika transmission.
Nearly 80 percent of people infected with the virus show no symptoms or show mild symptoms including fever, rash, joint soreness and redness of eyes according to the CDC. However, international health officials are investigating the connection between pregnant women contracting the virus and the birth defect, microcephaly in their infants. Microcephaly causes smaller head sizes and underdeveloped brains.
According to the CDC, Zika virus can be spread through a mosquito bite, through unprotected sexual contact and through blood transfusion. There have been no cases of Zika being contracted from a mosquito bite in Missouri.
The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas like Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.