American diagnosed with Zika virus after traveling to Latin America

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HOUSTON, Texas – It is a virus the Centers for Disease Control have been watching closely for months, but now health officials say an American has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

The Pan American Health Organization, an arm of the World Health Organization, recently issued an alert about the virus.

Initially, the virus was thought to be harmless, but now experts say it may lead to a deadly birth defect called microcephaly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Houston’s first case of travel-acquired Zika virus.

The virus is spread through the bite of mosquitoes.

Health officials say a traveler who recently returned from Latin America developed fever, rash and join t pain, all symptoms associated with the virus.

At this point, health experts say it is only a matter of time before the virus begins circulating in the United States.