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SC Zika virus cases almost double in past two weeks

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The mosquito kills nearly 750,000 people each year. Malaria is the cause for the majority of these deaths, but a Zika outbreak has the Americas scared of this insect. This is how the insect spreads disease to its victims.
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The mosquito kills nearly 750,000 people each year. Malaria is the cause for the majority of these deaths, but a Zika outbreak has the Americas scared of this insect. This is how the insect spreads disease to its victims.

COLUMBIA, SC The number of cases of Zika virus in the state have risen to 11, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.

As of Friday, South Carolina has just shy of one dozen confirmed cases of Zika virus. Of those, 10 were infected while traveled abroad to Zika-affected areas and were diagnosed when they returned one.

One case involved a South Carolina resident who acquired the virus through sexual contact while traveling abroad.=

DHEC reported none of the cases were locally acquired and there is not threat to the public at this time.

Officials said previously that they expected to see travel-associated cases of Zika to rise as more people travel during the summer months.

DHEC reported the first case of Zika in South Carolina in late April.

Due to federal privacy restrictions, DHEC is unable to provide additional information concerning any individual, including details about physical condition, hospitalization, age, sex and residence.

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