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KDHE confirms second case of Zika virus in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed a second case of Zika virus in Kansas on Friday.

According to department spokeswoman Cassie Sparks, an adult was diagnosed with the virus in early May after traveling to a country with local transmission.

Zika, which scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say can cause microcephaly in infants born to mothers with the virus, is not contagious. Men can spread the virus through sexual contact, according to the CDC.

People get infected with the virus primarily through being bit by infected mosquitoes. The virus is most prevalent among mosquitoes of the Caribbean region, Central and South America, according to the CDC.

As of Friday, KDHE’s website was not updated to show the two cases reported among people in Kansas.

Kansas’ first reported case came in early March, when a southwest Kansas resident contracted it after traveling to a country where transmission of the virus by mosquitoes in the local population.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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