A third case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been found in Tennessee, state health officials said Thursday, but they say there is currently no serious threat to the general public from the virus.
In a phone conference Thursday from Nashville, State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner said all three people infected with the disease appear to have contracted it while vacationing in a country where the virus is widespread. He said there are no indications that mosquitoes in the state are carrying the virus.
The latest case was discovered in Rutherford County. The two earlier cases were in East Tennessee and in Shelby County, according to health officials.
About 80 percent of the time, people infected with the virus are not even aware of it, according to state epidemiologist Dr.