For Immediate Release: March 10, 2016
Contact: HCA Communications (714) 834-2178
(Santa Ana) – Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that an Orange County resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The individual, a Costa Mesa resident, is a male in his 40s who contracted the virus in late January during travel to Central America and presented symptoms in early February. He was not seriously ill and has recovered. The Health Care Agency has contacted the individual to provide counseling to prevent transmission.
Zika is an infectious disease caused by the Zika virus. Most infected people have no symptoms; for the minority that do, symptoms typically include fever, rash, joint pain and/or red eyes. The greatest concern is related to the possible association between Zika infection in pregnant women and microcephaly (abnormally small head and brain) in newborns. Continue reading