Two cases of Zika virus reported in Ohio

Posted at 10:21 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 17:48:31-05

The Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday two cases of Zika Virus.

According to the state, one of the infected people was a 30-year-old Cleveland woman who was a returning traveler from Haiti. The mosquito that caused the infection was not in Cleveland, a health department spokesman told us.

Then, late Tuesday afternoon, the state announced a 21-year-old Stark County man, who had also recently traveled from Haiti, had also been infected. The state said neither case was linked.'s Derick Waller learned the woman is no longer infected.

Prior to Ohio's case, the CDC was reporting 35 cases of Zika virus in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

View a fact sheet about the Zika Virus here.

“There is no vaccine available for Zika virus so it’s important for Ohioans traveling to affected areas to take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health. “There have been no reported cases of Zika virus disease transmission through mosquito bites anywhere in the continental U.S.” 

Of people infected with the Zika virus, 80 percent do not have any symptoms. When symptoms occur, they are often mild.

Read more about the Zika virus on the CDC website.