The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting a new case of Zika virus in the state.
This travel-related case is in a Lancaster County woman in her 30s who recently visited a Zika-affected country. The woman was not hospitalized.
Three other Nebraska women have contracted the virus. All were infected while overseas.
The virus usually causes mild illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but there also have been reports of birth defects and other severe health consequences.
State health experts expect to see more travel-related cases of Zika virus in Nebraska.
DHHS will be updating state-specific case information frequently HERE.
Those traveling to an area with Zika are encouraged to prevent mosquito bites abroad and upon there return.
Preventive tips include:
- Using an EPA-registered insect repellent properly
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Staying in places with air conditioning or that have screens on doors and windows
The CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester avoid travel to any area where Zika virus is spreading.
The latest travel health notices and information are HERE.