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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus

Maryland confirms first case of Zika virus

Maryland health officials announced Thursday the state's first confirmed case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus alarming public health officials with its rapid spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and suspected links to birth defects.

The unidentified Maryland resident recently returned from a Central American country and has recovered. Officials would not say where in the state the patient lived.

Cases have been found in neighboring jurisdictions, including Virginia, Delaware and Washington, and more cases are expected in Maryland as local health authorities ramp up testing and reporting. Doctors and officials from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,...