5 at Fort Bragg test positive for Zika

Five soldiers based at Fort Bragg have tested positive for Zika.

Five soldiers based at Fort Bragg contracted the Zika virus while serving overseas, post spokeswoman Elizabeth Gearheart said on Tuesday.

None of the soldiers has shown symptoms of the virus. It was detected in their bodies by a routine blood test.

Gearheart was not sure if the five served together overseas, and she did not say where they were posted when they contracted the virus.

There is no vaccine to protect against the Zika virus which is transmitted through mosquito bites. Symptoms include rash and red eyes. Other symptoms include fever, joint pain, and muscle aches. Only about one in five people infected with the Zika virus show symptoms. Health leaders also said it’s possible for the Zika virus to be sexually transmitted.

You should take every precaution to avoid mosquito bites such as:

• Wearing insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
• Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.
• Using air conditioning or making sure window and door screens are in place.
• Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside.

Copyright 2016 WRAL


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