Travel-associated Zika case confirmed on Hawaii Island

Travel-associated Zika case confirmed on Hawaii Island

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - State health officials have confirmed a case of traveled-related Zika on the Big Island.

It's the first so far this year in Hawaii County, and officials said the resident has a history of travel to the South Pacific. Local transmission of Zika has been reported in American Samoa, Fiji, Micronesia, Samoa and Tonga.

Officials said the resident is not infectious. Hawaii has reported no cases of locally-acquired Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

After the case was confirmed, the state sent a vector control team to the resident's home and business to survey for mosquitoes and treat any areas of concern.

"The County of Hawaii is working with the Department of Health to take proactive steps to assess affected areas for mosquito activity, educate communities, and treat mosquito breeding sites," said Civil Defense Administrator Ed Teixeira.

"This event is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent mosquito bites especially when traveling to affected areas worldwide, and eliminate mosquitoes by emptying standing water where they can breed."

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