On Wednesday, the State Department of Public Health announced that the first case of Zika virus in Connecticut acquired in the continental United States had been reported. The patient had recently traveled to Florida.
The department is reminding residents, particularly pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant, to avoid travel to regions that have been affected by Zika virus. Travelers to these areas should protect themselves from the virus by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to areas where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens, the department advised.