Connecticut officials announce Zika virus response plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have prepared a plan to respond to the Zika virus that includes in-state testing for the virus, monitoring mosquitoes and public education on how to avoid infection.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the measures Thursday. No cases of Zika virus have been identified among Connecticut residents and the state doesn't have mosquitoes that carry the virus.

Most people don't get sick from the virus, which is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes. Health officials are investigating whether there is a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and a rare birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.

Malloy says state health officials will be able to test for the virus by the end of the month, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will monitor mosquitoes statewide.

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