Romeoville woman among 3 Zika cases in Illinois

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Romeoville woman one of three people in Illinois to contract the Zika virus. Samantha Mejia, who was pregnant at the time, got sick after a trip to Honduras.

"We hadn't heard about it all before we left. And we got there and his family mentioned it to us," she said.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes and is suspected of causing a birth defect that results in babies born with abnormally small heads.

Doctors were concerned for Mejia's unborn child. But during her first ultrasound, they found she had miscarried. Now she and her husband are worried for his family in Honduras.

"His sister is pregnant right now, so we're very concerned for her and her baby. And we don't really know what's going to happen," Meija said.

A man and another pregnant woman are the other two Zika patients in Illinois.
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