At least 41 American service members, including one pregnant girl, have been diagnosed with the Zika virus while on active duty overseas, a Pentagon spokesperson told Fox News Wednesday.
The Pentagon said that seven family members of those servicemen and women also have contracted the virus, which usually leads to mild symptoms, but can cause severe birth defects in children and has been linked to paralysis.
The Pentagon told Fox News that all of the troops contracted Zika overseas, and are being treated at undisclosed places, citing privacy fears.
The two types of mosquitoes known to carry the virus including its primary vector, the Aedes aegypti are found at virtually 200 stateside installings ranging from Texas and Florida to New York, Military.com reported.
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