A pregnant woman in southeast Queensland has tested positive to Zika virus after returning from overseas.
Queensland Health confirmed the woman – who was diagnosed yesterday – had returned from overseas, where she contracted the virus, in December, The Guardian reports.
It is the third case of the disease to be identified in the state this year and the first confirmed case in a pregnant woman in Australia since the World Health Organisation declared the virus a public health emergency.
The virus, spread by mosquitoes and rampant in some parts of Latin America, has been linked to birth defects in babies when their mothers contract the disease.
US health officials have warned a vaccine is still years away, the ABC reports.