Secretary of Health to Host Media Call Regarding First Positive Cases of Zika Virus Confirmed in Two Pennsylvanians who Traveled to Outbreak-Affected Countries
Harrisburg, PA - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the first confirmed cases of Zika virus in two residents who recently traveled to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratories confirmed the illnesses in two female Pennsylvania residents. The department will not provide additional details about the cases to protect the privacy of the individuals.
“While we are concerned about the health of these individuals and any Pennsylvanian who may be exposed to Zika virus, we want to emphasize that these cases pose no threat to the public,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “We will continue to provide updated Zika guidance to health care professionals across the commonwealth to ensure they are aware of the symptoms associated with the disease and the protocols that should be followed to ensure testing of potentially infected individuals, if needed.”