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Person in Connecticut contracted Zika virus after recent trip to Florida

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The Department of Public Health announced the first case of Zika virus in Connecticut that was acquired in the continental United States.

Officials said the patient recently traveled to Florida.

Public health officials said "Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites, though it can also spread through sexual transmission. While illness is usually mild, the possible link with birth defects and miscarriages makes prevention of infection among pregnant women essential."

To date, 85 patients have tested positive for the Zika virus in Connecticut, five of whom were pregnant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 3,358 cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S.

Officials are reminding people, especially pregnant women and women planning on becoming pregnant, to avoid travel to places that have been affected by Zika.

"When traveling to areas where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens," health officials said.

"I was in Florida like the beginning of the summer, I'm actually pretty terrified right now," said Giovanna Guerard, of Wethersfield.

David Peterson of West Hartford said the virus making its way domestically was bound to happen.

"I'm not in the least bit surprised because we live in an international world people travel everywhere," Peterson said.

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