Case of Zika virus confirmed in Stark County man
CANTON, Ohio– A second case of the Zika virus was confirmed in Ohio on Tuesday.
The Ohio Department of Health said it was notified a 21-year-old Stark County man contracted the virus. He traveled from Haiti.
Also on Tuesday, the first case of Zika was reported in a 30-year-old Cleveland woman, who was in Haiti for work. She no longer has the virus.
“Given the number of travelers between Ohio and Zika virus-affected countries, it would not be a surprise to see more cases,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Mary DiOrio, in a news release. “There is no vaccine available for Zika virus so it’s important for Ohioans traveling to affected areas to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.”
The two cases are not linked, the health department said.
The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites, but 80 percent of those with it do not show any symptoms.