Number of Zika Virus cases rise in SC | WCBD News 2

(WCBD) — The number of Zika Virus cases reported in South Carolina has nearly doubled within the last two weeks. On Friday, there were 25 reported cases of Zika Virus in South Carolina, according to the Department of Health and Environment Control. The first Zika Virus case in South Carolina was reported in late April. There are no reports of any pregnant women with Zika in South Carolina.

On July 12, there were 17 confirmed cases in South Carolina.

A report show 1,657 people have been diagnosed with the Zika Virus in the U.S., including 400 pregnant women. Those cases were contracted by people traveling to the U.S. from other countries.

In response to an outbreak of Zika virus in South America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for anyone traveling to areas where the virus is common. The advisory is particularly important for women who are pregnant, as the outbreak has led to reports of pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

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