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Second Arkansas resident test positive for mosquito-linked Zika virus

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published April 7, 2016 at 11:40 a.m. Updated April 7, 2016 at 2:43 p.m.

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A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The Aedes aegypti is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A second Arkansas resident has tested positive for the Zika virus commonly spread by mosquitoes, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Meg Mirivel, spokesman for health department, said the person had recently visited Central America but declined to disclose additional information, citing privacy laws.

Test results were confirmed Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mirivel said.

In January, the state’s health department confirmed the first case in an Arkansan. That resident had traveled to the Central American/Caribbean region, ArkansasOnline previously reported.

Originating in the Western Hemisphere, the first case of the Zika virus was reported in the Americas in 2015.

According to the CDC, pregnant women are most at risk after contracting the disease. The virus is spread though mosquito bites and through sexual contact by a man to his partner, the CDC said.

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outinthesticks says... April 7, 2016 at 1:52 p.m.

If you live anywhere in Eastern Arkansas, I don't see how you expect NOT to contract this virus. Rice fields are mosquito nurseries, as are the backwoods and swamps. And please don't tell me to wear repellent and stay inside anytime between dusk and dawn; that might control 90%, but you will still be bitten. Just lowers the odds a bit I guess.

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