GROSSE POINT FARMS, Mich. (WOOD) — State health officials say they have no confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Michigan despite reports.
WXYZ-TV in Detroit reported Thursday that a woman from Grosse Pointe Farms could be the first case of Zika virus in Michigan. She was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms and doctors, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials, believe a mosquito bite she got last week in Florida is the cause.
However a spokesperson with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told 24 Hour News 8 they don’t have confirmation of a Zika case in the state.
Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes and can cause fever, rash and joint pain, but most people infected experience mild or no symptoms. There is no vaccine for the Zika virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned pregnant women to take precautions because the Zika virus could be linked to a rare birth defect that causes brain damage and an abnormally small head.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services urges anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the Zika virus to contact their doctor.