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2nd pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

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Sydney | Fri, February 12, 2016 | 07:31 am
2nd pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus Kerly Ariza, 17 and 20-weeks-pregnant, right, stands at her home in Ibague, Colombia on Jan. 26, 2016. Ariza was diagnosed with clinical symptoms of the Zika virus at a local hospital and is awaiting for the results of laboratory tests. Minister of Health Alejandro Gaviria said that at least 16.000 people have already been already infected with the Zika virus in Colombia, among them more than 500 pregnant women. (AP/Fernando Vergara) (AP/Fernando Vergara)

Kerly Ariza, 17 and 20-weeks-pregnant, right, stands at her home in Ibague, Colombia on Jan. 26, 2016. Ariza was diagnosed with clinical symptoms of the Zika virus at a local hospital and is awaiting for the results of laboratory tests. Minister of Health Alejandro Gaviria said that at least 16.000 people have already been already infected with the Zika virus in Colombia, among them more than 500 pregnant women. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas. It's the second such case this week

Victoria state Health Minister Jill Hennessy told reporters on Friday that the woman was diagnosed with Zika after returning from a country where the mosquito-borne virus is prevalent. She declined to provide any other details about the case, including where the woman had traveled, citing patient privacy.

Earlier this week, a pregnant woman in Queensland state was also diagnosed with Zika after traveling abroad.

Experts say the risk of Zika spreading across Australia is extremely low. The type of mosquito that carries the virus only lives in the far northeast corner of the country, which is sparsely populated. (rin)

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