Via The Guardian, an AAP report: Woman and child in Queensland confirmed as having Zika virus. Excerpt:
Two people – including a child – have tested positive for Zika in Queensland as authorities around the world scramble to deal with the threat posed by the virus.
The child was diagnosed after presenting to a Brisbane hospital with symptoms following a family trip to Samoa.
It was the second case confirmed within 24 hours, with a woman diagnosed with Zika on the Gold Coast after returning from El Salvador in Central America where the virus is spreading.
The woman first saw a GP in mid-December and was told she had a Flavivirus, which includes dengue, yellow fever and Zika.
However she became ill again and recently presented to a Gold Coast Hospital, which ran further tests that confirmed she had Zika.
Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said southeast Queensland was not at risk of Zika, despite two cases being confirmed in the region.
This is because the virus is predominantly transmitted to humans through the bites of infectious Aedes mosquitoes, most commonly Aedes aegypti, the same species that transmits dengue in north Queensland.
The two people infected have not travelled to north Queensland.
“I’m very confident that the two people we’ve just confirmed ... are no risk to anyone,” Young said.