Two travel-related Zika cases confirmed in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska health officials have confirmed two more cases of travel-related Zika virus.

The incidents have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and they bring the total to six.

Both of the latest cases involved men, 40 to 55-years-old, from northeastern Nebraska. They had recently traveled to a Zika-affected country. Neither one was hospitalized.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of a mosquito. Although the virus usually causes mild illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have also been reports of birth defects and other severe health consequences.

State health officials say they expect to see more travel-related cases of Zika virus in Nebraska and DHHS will be updating state-specific case information on their website.

If you are traveling to an area with Zika, it’s important to prevent mosquito bites both abroad and when you come back home. 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 here . CDC’s Zika virus webpage is also a comprehensive resource and is available here.

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