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Cochise County confirms 3 travel-related cases of Zika virus

August 19, 2016 GMT

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — Cochise County has confirmed three travel-related cases of the Zika virus.

Health officials say the three county residents had recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico.

That’s one of 38 countries subject to Zika-related travel health notices issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The three affected travelers experienced mild symptoms of illness and have since recovered.

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The Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of a mosquito.

Cochise Health and Social Services staff routinely monitors mosquito activity from July through October.

That involves trapping mosquitoes from points throughout the county and testing for a variety of mosquito-borne viruses.

So far this year, mosquito trapping has yielded no positive results for any vector-borne diseases.

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