A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official says Zika virus continues to spread and remains a threat travelers should know about in several countries, including some limited locations in the United States.
Clay Van Houten, WDH interim state epidemiologist, said Zika infections have been confirmed in five Wyoming residents over the last year or so who had visited affected countries.
“We want people to know about Zika and the harms it can cause if they are planning travel to affected areas,” Van Houten said.
Zika virus is spread to people mostly through bites of certain types of mosquitos. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. “Some infected people never have symptoms or their illnesses are delayed until after they return home,” Van Houten said.
The mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are not found in Wyoming.