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Health officials: third case of Zika virus found in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A third travel-related case of the Zika virus has bene confirmed in Nebraska.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that all the cases in Nebraska involve women in their 20s who traveled to Zika-affected countries.

The new case is a woman from Douglas County. The previous cases reported in February were women from Douglas and Sarpy counties.

None of the three women was hospitalized.

The Zika outbreak has mainly hit Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquito.

While most people infected with the virus do not get sick, health officials are investigating whether there is a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and a rare birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.

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