South Park man with Zika symptoms tests negative for virus

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SAN DIEGO — A South Park resident tested negative for chikungunya, dengue fever and Zika, despite developing symptoms upon returning home from a country where mosquito-borne diseases have been reported, health officials said Tuesday.

FOX 5 recently spoke with the resident, who asked to remain anonymous. He said he traveled to Costa Rica and Guadalajara.

“I had diarrhea and I went rafting so I figured I swallowed a lot of water. I had some body aches and pains but again, maybe I slept wrong. Everything had an excuse and then I had conjunctivitis in both eyes — pink eye — and that’s when they raised the question. So, I saw a doctor and they tested me for it.”

Read MoreCounty sprays pesticides after finding mosquitoes known to spread Zika

County officials said aedes mosquito larvae were also found in the man’s neighborhood, prompting the county to spray two-city blocks with pesticides last week.

The county plans to continue routine mosquito monitoring in the community.

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