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Pregnant woman is third Kentucky resident to test positive for Zika Virus

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A third Kentucky resident has tested positive for the Zika virus, according to a news release from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Authorities say a woman who is pregnant is the third Kentucky resident who has tested positive for the virus after traveling to an affected area where the virus is circulating, the release states.

Test results were reported to the Kentucky Department for Public Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The patient is from the Louisville area. According to authorities, she experienced symptoms of the disease after traveling to Central America in recent months. She has since recovered from the illness.

"Increasing scientific evidence suggests a link between infection in pregnant women and infants born with birth defects such as microcephaly," the news release states. "Microcephaly is a condition where the head is smaller than normal and may lead to a child experiencing a variety of other health challenges, including physical and speech functions, seizure, hyperactivity, coordination problems and other brain/neurological disorders."

The virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

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