Zika Virus confirmed in Mason County

State health officials say they have confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Washington .

The Washington State received confirmation Monday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a man in his 20s is the first person in the state to test positive for the virus.

Officials say the man visited a hospital after traveling to the South Pacific.

Zika has been spreading through Brazil, but is also being transmitted in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

The mosquito-borne virus causes no more than a mild illness in most people but has been linked to severe birth defects.

President Barack Obama on Monday sent lawmakers an official $1.9 billion request to combat the spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and the U.S.


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