A man and a woman in the Caribbean country of St. Lucia have locally contracted the Zika virus, which has been linked to hundreds of cases of a rare birth defect in Brazil, the first infections by the mosquito-borne virus in the island nation.

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The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed the two cases, St. Lucia's health ministry said at a news conference, adding that the individuals did not have a history of recent travel to a Zika affected country.