As just reported by WYFF4, authorities have officially diagnosed the 18th case of the Zika virus in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed that the patient has been diagnosed with the virus but refused to confirm where the virus was contracted. Information from various media outlets reveals that the patient had traveled to a county in South Carolina where the Zika virus has already been reported as active.
The Zika virus has no known vaccine so far. The major side effects of this virus manifest in birth disorders, such as microcephaly, which involves babies being born with major neurological disorders along with misshapen heads. While the virus is typically transmitted through infection from a mosquito, there have been no cases reported in North or South Carolina so far of transmission through a mosquito bite. So far, the cases of the Zika virus in this region have involved travelers to counties where authorities have confirmed that the virus was already active.
Authorities state that the best way to prevent contraction of the Zika virus is to avoid contact with mosquito and to not travel to areas that have been affected by the Zika virus. If you are in an area with mosquitoes, use repellent and try to stay inside. Also, pregnant women with male partners who have been in an area exposed to the Zika virus should use a condom during intercourse as an extra precaution, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.