Zika virus illness has been confirmed in an adult female Missoula resident who recently returned from international travel to Zika-affected areas.
As expected, the specific travel history and medical facts associated with Montana’s first case confirm that the Missoula resident did not become infected locally.
As with over 100 cases reported by US states, the infection was acquired during travel to other parts of the globe where Zika is present.
Zika is a virus that is spread primarily by mosquitos. About four out of five people who get infected do not become sick. Those that do get sick usually have a mild illness characterized by fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes lasting for a few days to a week. However, Zika may be linked to certain birth defects and other complications.
Montana is not among the US states and territories in which the type of mosquito that can transmit Zika is found.
Missoulians who have traveled to Zika-affected countries and are pregnant or have symptoms of Zika illness should contact their health care provider.
Laboratory testing for Zika is limited primarily to people who have been in Zika-affected areas and are pregnant or ill. Testing is facilitated by a team including the local health care provider, local and state public health officials and the CDC.
For more information call our information line at 258-3500.