Health department: 23 cases of Zika virus in Indiana brought to state from abroad

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As concerns about Zika virus intensify nationwide, Indiana health officials reported there have been 23 cases in the Hoosier State.

The Indiana State Department of Health originally said there were believed to be 15 cases of Zika brought to Indiana from travelers.

The cases trace back as far as last year. It’s important to note that these cases were brought to Indiana from abroad and did not originate from Indiana mosquitoes.

Fears about Zika have increased in the last week after officials in Florida reported 15 cases of Zika brought on by mosquitoes there.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning Monday advising pregnant women and their partners to avoid a community near Miami where the virus is spreading.

Zika typically causes mild or no symptoms. It is primarily spread through mosquitoes and can also be transmitted sexually. The virus has been spreading in Latin America and the Caribbean, prompting a travel warning for the region.

The virus can cause a severe birth defect called microcephaly, making it especially dangerous for pregnant women. There is currently no vaccine or cure.

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