Queensland woman tests positive to Zika virus

A woman has returned home from an overseas holiday infected with the Zika virus.

It’s believed she lives in Gordonvale, south of Cairns in north Queensland, and tested positive after coming home from a trip to Thailand and Bali.

The Dengue Action Response Team will spray her home town and surrounding areas for mosquitoes.


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While the virus can sometimes present no or only mild symptoms, it has been found to spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and can cause birth defects.

A widespread outbreak of the virus is currently affecting North and South America with thousands of people testing positive to the mosquito-borne virus.