The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus from another state laboratory.
Offiicals say the patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in another state after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
This is the eighth case of travel-associated Zika confirmed in a Louisiana resident.
There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission within Louisiana or in the rest of the 50 states.
After travelling to an area with ongoing Zika transmission, the patient returned to another state and began to show symptoms of an illness, prompting the individual to seek treatment.
The patient and their health care provider have been notified of the Zika-positive result.
The Department of Health has reported the case to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and it will soon be included in the CDC’s Zika case count for Louisiana.
National and state case counts can be found at www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html.