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First case of Zika virus reported in Kentucky

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Governor Matt Bevin is warning residents of Kentucky about travel to Central America. Governor Matt Bevin is warning residents of Kentucky about travel to Central America.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky has its first confirmed case of the Zika virus, according to a news release from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

"A Kentucky resident has tested positive for Zika virus disease after traveling in a Central American country where the virus is circulating, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting," the news release states. "Test results were reported on March 9, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been testing samples from across the United States."

Health officials say it's mostly pregnant women who are at the greatest risk. 

"The concern is that pregnant woman who contract Zika is that they are at increased risk for giving birth to a baby with birth defects," said Dr. Kraig Humbaugh with the Kentucky Department for Public Health. 

Now, Governor Matt Bevin is warning residents of Kentucky about travel to Central America. 

"The primary catalyst is that spring break is coming and people are starting to think about where they're going to go and what they're going to do," Bevin said.

According to the news release, the patient is male and recently returned to the Louisville area from Central America. He is doing well and is expected to fully recover from the illness.

"The bottom line for travel is that if you're pregnant you should postpone travel to those endemic areas," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Schulz. "If you're not pregnant its not a significant health issue for you as an individual."

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