Two More Connecticut Women Contract Zika Virus

Two more Connecticut residents have tested positive for the Zika virus, including a pregnant woman, according to the Department of Public Health.

The pregnant woman is nine weeks along and traveled to the Dominican Republic in late April. She became ill on April 28.

The non-pregnant woman returned from Puerto Rico in April and developed a rash on April 29, according to DPH.

“As we head into the summer travel months, it is very important for travelers to Zika affected areas to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. This is particularly critical for pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant, who should postpone travel to these areas if at all possible,” cautioned DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.

Both women and their doctors have been informed of the diagnoses, DPH said.

According to the DPH, 6 out of 252 patients tested for Zika in Connecticut have had positive results. 

In March, a 17-year-old from Danbury was the first pregnant Connecticut woman to find out she had contracted the Zika virus. She found out she was pregnant in March while, visiting her fiance in Hondouras. She said she is, "in a state of shock", since finding out the news. 

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