Illinois Could See Large Zika Virus Numbers

Feb 24, 2016

Mosquito Aedes Aegypti, Carrier of the Zika Virus
Credit Scott Blanner / USDA

U.S. health officials are investigating more than a dozen possible Zika infections that may have been spread through sex. The 14 cases all involve men who visited areas with Zika outbreaks, and who many have infected their female sex partners, who had not traveled. Zika virus is mainly spread by mosquito bites. But there have been at least two reported cases of sexual transmission, including a recent case in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 14 cases include two pregnant women whose infections have been confirmed. Tests are pending for their male partners. WGLT's Jim Browne talks with the Infectious Disease Superviser of the McLean County Health Department about the virus, and what grounds there may be concern in central Illinois.

Jim Browne talking with Melissa Graven of the McLean County Health Department about the Zika virus. So far no cases have been detected in the county, but since symptoms are mild, cases may go undetected or be dismissed as just another bug.