JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - A third Zika virus case has been reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health. MSDH said the person infected is an Oktibbeha County resident who recently traveled to Haiti.
Two previous cases have been reported out of Madison County and Noxubee County.
"At least 42 other U.S. states and territories have already reported travel-associated cases," State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
The mosquito-borne virus can cause sever birth defects if it is contracted by a pregnant woman, and it is spreading in countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America and parts of Africa.
"Pregnant women should not be traveling to these countries," said Dobbs. "At this time, the mosquito spreading Zika in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean is not known to be present in Mississippi. All of the cases reported in the United States so far are related to international travel. With late spring and summer approaching, we know it is a popular time for mission trips and vacations to these areas. Please be especially mindful of protecting yourself from mosquitoes while you're abroad. Simple steps can make a big difference."