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Zika virus found in N.D. woman who traveled to Jamaica

BISMARCK -- A North Dakota woman who recently traveled to Jamaica tested positive for the Zika virus, the state Department of Health confirmed Wednesday.

BISMARCK -- A North Dakota woman who recently traveled to Jamaica tested positive for the Zika virus, the state Department of Health confirmed Wednesday.

The woman, whose city of residence was not disclosed by the health department in a news release, is not pregnant and was not hospitalized for her illness.

North Dakota’s first case of Zika was found in April in a pregnant woman who had traveled to Puerto Rico. The baby was born several weeks ago but did not have microcephaly -- a rare neurological condition that causes babies to have smaller-than-normal heads and can cause incomplete brain development -- or any other birth defects linked to Zika, according to the health department.

Health officials said the case is a reminder for travelers to use caution when traveling to areas with Zika.

“Pregnant women should not travel to countries with Zika transmission, and if they must travel, should be extremely careful to avoid mosquito bites,” said health department epidemiologist Michelle Feist in the release.

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