33 US Service Members Have Gotten Zika

Plus 6 of their family members
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2016 1:29 PM CDT
Samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

(Newser) – At least 33 US service members have gotten Zika while serving overseas, the Pentagon says. Six family members of service members have also gotten the virus while outside the continental US, Military.com reports. One of the active-duty service members to contract the virus is pregnant, though details about her health and that of her unborn child were unavailable. The Pentagon didn't specify the countries involved or say how many of the infected troops were still sick or back in the US, notes CNN. (Zika is being transmitted by local mosquitoes in Florida.)

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