Metro Detroit woman may have Zika virus

Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 07:48:01-05

A metro Detroit woman could be the first person in Michigan to have contracted the Zika virus.

The Grosse Pointe Farms woman is a patient at St. John Hospital.

She says that doctors at St. John, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials also believe a mosquito bite she got last week in Florida is the cause.

Donna Sutton says she's been suffering flu-like symptoms along with pink eye for days.

But, without a cure or vaccine for the Zika virus, she can only rely on rest, staying hydrated and basic fever medicine.

The CDC warns the virus has caused serious harm to pregnant women - even leading to miscarriages and birth defects.

The virus has also been discovered in some people who've died in the past year from respiratory problems.

It is also believed to be sexually transmitted, as well as with the exchange of saliva.

Common symptoms include fatigue, chills and sweating, loss of appetite, skin rash and joint pain.

The CDC continues to release more information on the Zika Virus. Click here for visit their website for Zika virus information.