A microscope image of the Zika virus. Courtesy Centers for Disease Control
A microscope image of the Zika virus. Courtesy Centers for Disease Control

The second case of Zika virus infection in a pregnant woman in Los Angeles County has been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Like with the county’s first case, the woman had traveled to an area of ongoing Zika transmission, a department official said Friday.

Out of respect for privacy, the department is unable to provide any information on the details of individual cases.

While local transmission has not occurred in Los Angeles County, the Aedes mosquito that can transmit Zika is present in the San Gabriel Valley and in the eastern part of the county, the official said. The Aedes mosquito can also transmit dengue fever and chikungunya infection.

People can reduce the spread of Aedes mosquitoes by eliminating sites around their homes where mosquitoes may breed by getting rid of containers and any other sites where water may collect and mosquitoes lay their eggs.

— City News Service

 

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