2 US military members get Zika Virus; Both recovered

AP News
Posted: Mar 10, 2016 4:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military commander for South America says that 2 members of U.S. military were diagnosed with the Zika virus, but have recovered and are back on duty.

Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd is head of U.S. Southern Command. Tidd says both were men. One was in Brazil and the other was in Colombia. He says one woman service member who is pregnant was transferred out of the region as a precaution.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes, much like other tropical viruses.

The World Health Organization has declared the spread of Zika in the Americas a global emergency. The virus is linked to a spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads and the rise in a rare neurological syndrome that can cause paralysis and death.