Health officials say a Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus.
Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine said Tuesday that the resident traveled to a country where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing. She says this person poses no risk to other residents because it is not mosquito season in Virginia.
Health officials suspect Zika is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil in which babies have small heads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that pregnant women consider postponing trips to countries and areas in the Caribbean and South America where there are Zika virus disease outbreaks.
This is the first confirmed case of the virus in a traveler returning to Virginia. A Virginia Department of Health spokesperson did not give the age or gender of the person.
The CDC is urging all people who travel to countries where the Zika virus has been reported to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. More information about the virus can be found on the CDC website.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.