Second Miami Beach police officer contracts Zika virus

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Officer has been on force for more than 20 years

MIAMI – A Miami Beach police officer has contracted the Zika virus, according to test results released Monday.

The officer, whose name has not been released, has been with the Miami Beach Police Department for more than 20 years. He was part of the police department’s motorcycle unit, which patrols the south end and spends a lot of time outdoors, but within the past few weeks, the officer transferred to another unit as he prepares to retire.

The Miami Shores man was showing symptoms, including body aches, so he got tested for Zika within the last week.

The officer is now the second from the Miami Beach Police Department to contract the Zika virus.

Sgt. Michelle Sayegh has worked with the department for 12 years. She spoke with Local 10 News earlier this month about the Zika virus.

“I had real bad body aches,” she said. “I felt like a train hit me. I had muscle pain that was unbearable.”

She first thought that she was getting sick and was just stressed out, until headlines confirmed two cases of the Zika virus on Miami Beach.

Sayegh patrols the streets within the city’s Zika zone. She said she’s lost 20 pounds since contracting the virus and had to give up running because of joint pain.

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