First case of Zika virus confirmed in Rockland County

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY— A woman in Rockland has been diagnosed with Zika virus, officials said.

The woman, who is not pregnant, recently traveled to a South American country where the virus transmission has been documented.

The Rockland County Health Department is preparing for additional cases resulting from travelers.

Zika virus, which causes fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, has also been linked to serious birth defects such as microcephaly, which afflicts babies with abnormally small brains and skulls.  Roughly 10 percent will show signs of normal intelligence, but most experience problems ranging from intellectual disabilities to coordination problems.

There is no vaccine or specific medicine to treat Zika virus infections.

New York City has had three confirmed cases of Zika virus, one involving a pregnant woman.  All three had recently returned from countries that have experienced a Zika outbreak.