WASHINGTON — Two members of the U.S. military were diagnosed with the Zika virus but have recovered and are back on duty, the top U.S. military commander for South America said Thursday.
Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, head of U.S. Southern Command, said that both were men and that it was "a fairly straightforward procedure" to recover from the virus. He said the service members remained in the region — one was in Brazil and the other was in Colombia.
Tidd also said that one woman service member who is pregnant was transferred out of the region as a precaution.
The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes, much like other tropical viruses, including dengue. The World Health Organization has declared that the spread of Zika in the Americas a global emergency.
Nearly 200 cases of Zika infection have been reported in the United States — all traced to travel abroad.
Health officials released the numbers Thursday, and pleaded for Congress to provide $1.9 billion to fight the virus in Latin America and help prevent it from spreading to the continental United States.