Cases of Zika virus increase to 62 in Michigan

The Zika virus has been shown to cause serious birth defects in newborn babies.

MICHIGAN - The total number of Zika virus cases in Michigan has climbed to 62 reports, health officials confirm.

That's an increase from about 46 reported cases in mid-September. The latest number includes two pregnant women who contacted the virus, according to a news release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

It's important to note: no Zika-infected mosquitoes have been found in the state, and all of the confirmed cases are travel related. 

EARLIER: 9 people confirmed to have Zika in Ottawa County

The virus is primarily spread though the bite of an infected mosquito, but there have been Zika cases spread though sexual transmission. Couples who plan to conceive are asked to consider avoiding nonessential travel to areas with active Zika transmission, which mainly include tropical areas in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Health officials say the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis lasting several days to a week.

“If you are considering travel to a warmer destination, especially if you or your partner are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your physician before you travel about the latest health advisories and recommendations,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS in the release.

“The best way to protect against mosquito-borne illness is to prevent mosquito bites. In the case of Zika virus, pregnant women should avoid travel to areas with local transmission for optimal protection.” 

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