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CDC confirms baby born in Hawaii with Zika virus

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A baby born in an Oahu hospital has tested positive for the Zika virus -- a mosquito-borne infection that can have serious health impacts, health officials announced on Friday. But they say there is no risk of transmission in Hawaii.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the baby carried the virus and said the child's mother likely became infected while living in Brazil in May 2015.

Neither the baby nor the mother are infectious, health officials say.

Since 2014, six people have tested positive for the infection after acquiring it in another country. So far, there has never been a case of Zika acquired in Hawaii. 

The virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. 

The news comes as the state grapples with its largest dengue fever outbreak to date. That disease, which is also passed on through mosquitos, is centered on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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