Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

Pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus after returning home from visit to overseas

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Daniele Santos, 29, holds her son Juan Pedro who is 2-months old and born with microcephaly, at their house in Recife, Brazil, February 9, 2016.

A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after travelling overseas, health officials said on Wednesday.

The woman was diagnosed in Queensland state after returning from a trip abroad, the Queensland Department of Health said in a statement.

The department declined to provide additional details, such as which country the woman had visited, saying only it was not a locally acquired case of the virus.

Last week, another woman in Queensland was diagnosed with Zika after returning from a trip to El Salvador.

Experts say the risk of Zika spreading across Australia is extremely low. The type of mosquito that carries the virus only lives in the far northeast corner of the country, which is sparsely populated.

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