PITTSBURGH - Two more Pennsylvanians tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the total to four, according to statistics released Monday by the state Department of Health.
Health officials said that 124 state residents, including 27 in Allegheny County, are still awaiting test results with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn whether they are infected. No additional information on the residents was immediately available.
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Last week, the health department said on its website that 53 people were waiting for results from the CDC. The state has been updating Zika figures on a weekly basis, Channel 11’s new partners at TribLIVE reported.
According to TribLIVE, the CDC is performing the blood tests, which can take up to two weeks for results.
Medical authorities say most people recover in about a week from symptoms that include fever, a rash and achy joints, but doctors believe the virus puts pregnant women at serious risks for birth defects in their unborn babies.
Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department based in Pittsburgh, said the risk for residents in southwestern Pennsylvania is extremely low. She said the risk is for those who've traveled to areas in Central and South America, where the virus is rampant.