Connecticut health officials have reported a total of six imported Zika virus cases to date, including two additional cases reported last week. The two women, one pregnant, one not, contracted the virus while traveling in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, respectively.
The Department of Public Health (DPH) reports of the six, the first four have fully recovered from the virus. The two pregnant patients will continue to be monitored for the duration of their pregnancies for signs of birth defects, like microcephaly, which have occurred in some babies whose mothers contracted Zika while pregnant.
The countries visited by the Zika positive patients where they became infected with Zika virus are Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Colombia and Ecuador.
This prompted a reminder by DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino, “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.”