The Rhode Island Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of Zika virus in the state. The individual who tested positive, was a 60-year-old male who had recently traveled to Haiti, where there is an active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika.

According to, “The virus causes symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Approximately 80% of those who have the virus do not have any symptoms. Symptoms typically appear within three to 14 days of infection.”

To prevent exposure to Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, people are advised to:

• Use and reapply Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved bug spray containing at least 20% DEET.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

• Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear. • Stay in buildings that use air conditioning, or have window and door screens.

• Sleep under a mosquito net.

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez