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Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus

Posted: 4:13 PM, Feb 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-11 19:15:07-05
Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus
Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus
Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus

Maryland announced the first confirmed case of the Zika virus in the state on Thursday.

The CDC has issued a travel warning for pregnant women because of the Zika virus, a mosquito-bourne virus.

"Our department will continue to actively partner with the CDC, Maryland healthcare providers, laboratories, and health departments to provide support to Marylanders at risk of Zika infection - especially to pregnant women," Secretary Van T. Mitchell said in a release. "As CDC guidance has evolved, we actually have expanded access to testing for people who had not met that agency's initial testing criteria."

The case was confirmed with a blood test, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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