By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter
The first reported case of the Zika Virus in Michigan occurred in Ingham County on Feb. 23, health officials said in a press release. The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, caught the virus when traveling in a country where Zika can be passed on, according to the release. The patient, who was not pregnant, had Zika symptoms shortly after returning to Michigan, according to the release. “This person who has/had Zika, picked it up elsewhere,” Dr. Edward D. (“Ned”) Walker, professor in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University, said.
By JASON KRAFT
Capital News Service
LANSING – The Zika virus will likely reach Michigan, but it won’t be the mosquitoes that bring it, health officials say. The mosquitoes that carry the virus, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus, “live predominantly in tropical areas,” said Josh Meyerson, medical director for the Department of Health of Northwest Michigan. Zika instead poses a threat to Michigan if someone contracts the virus elsewhere during a vacation and brings it here. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Michigan, it may be just a matter of time. “It is likely that we will have confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Michigan,” said Jennifer Eisner, public information officer for the state Department of Health and Human Services.