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Macon Co. public health officials announce 1st case of Zika in residents

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FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Macon County Public Health announced today that a Macon County resident had contracted Zika virus, the first incident in the area.

Officials confirmed that an adult who had recently traveled to a country affected by ongoing Zika virus transmission contracted the virus. The patient's symptoms have since been resolved.

No cases of the virus are known to have been contracted in the state of North Carolina as of yet, but Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner warns that more incidents of infected residents are possible.

"As long as the outbreak continues in Central and South America and the Caribbean, we could possibly see more travel-related Zika virus infections in our county," said Bruckner. "We have anticipated all along that travel-related cases would be identified in North Carolina."

Individuals are encouraged to take routine precautions and take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

"We want to take this opportunity to reinforce that travelers to any of the countries with active Zika transmission should follow precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites," shared Bruckner.

Officials shared tips for travelers on how to protect themselves from the virus:

  • Wearing insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Using air conditioning or make sure window and door screens are in place

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