Santa Cruz County confirms first Zika case

NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Health officials announced Santa Cruz County's first Zika virus case Thursday.

According to the Santa Cruz County Health Department, a private commercial laboratory confirmed a doctor's diagnosis. 

The case is pending Arizona Department of Health Services Laboratory confirmation.

The victim is someone who traveled outside the United States to a Zika-infected area and has stayed indoors to avoid being bitten by a mosquito to prevent spreading the virus.

There have been 24 confirmed Zika cases in Arizona. The virus causes fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis and is known to cause birth defects in pregnant women.

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