Zika Virus in Michigan
Michigan is considered “low risk” for mosquito transmission of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses, as the mosquitoes that spread the diseases have not been found in the state. Rather, the primary risk of transmission in Michigan is from traveling to infected areas, or through sexual transmission with a male partner returning from an area with Zika activity.
Zika is a virus that is newly emerged in the western hemisphere, and while its symptoms are not considered severe, the virus can cause birth defects in fetuses of pregnant women exposed to the virus.
To date since 2016, there have been 76 travel-related cases, including three pregnant women, identified in Michigan.