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More Iowans Test Positive for Zika, Officials Say

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Friday that more Iowans have tested positive for the Zika virus.

A total of three lab-confirmed cases have been reported, all of which are women. One is aged between 41-60 and two women are between ages 61-80. None of the women are pregnant.

The mosquitoes that transmit Zika are not established in Iowa, however, officials say the women all had traveled to countries where the virus is present.

The women traveled to the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

About 20 percent of people infected with Zika actually become ill. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.

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