Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus

Posted at 4:13 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 19:15:07-05

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.