ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A non-pregnant woman who traveled to the British Virgin Islands is the latest Missouri resident to test positive for the Zika virus.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, this brings the total number of travel-related cases of Zika virus in Missouri to 32.
There have been no reported cases of the Zika virus being contracted from a mosquito bite in the state, the Department of Health said.
The Zika virus can be spread through a mosquito bite, unprotected sexual contact, and blood transfusion. A pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus during pregnancy. Nearly 80 percent of people who catch the virus will show no symptoms, which includes: fever, rash, joint soreness, or redness of the eyes.
International health officials suspect a connection between pregnant woman catching the virus and a birth defect called microcephaly in newborns. Babies with microcephaly will have smaller head sizes and their brains may not develop properly.
The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas, such as Mexico, the Caribbean, Central American, and South America. Parts of Florida are also included in the warning.
At present, there is no vaccine for Zika virus.