Two suspected cases of Zika virus in Louisiana confirmed by CDC _lowres

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The mosquito is a vector for the proliferation of the Zika virus currently spreading throughout Latin America. New figures from Brazil's Health Ministry show that the Zika virus outbreak has not caused as many confirmed cases of a rare brain defect as first feared. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed the state Thursday that the two suspected cases of Zika virus Louisiana reported earlier this month have been confirmed.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced Feb. 11 that officials were investigating two cases of the suspected virus in people who had traveled to a Caribbean country where the virus is established. Neither was hospitalized or pregnant, according to DHH.

There is believed to be a link between Zika and birth defects, but research is continuing.

Only about one in five people who get Zika show any flu-like symptoms, and it’s uncommon for people to get sick enough to be admitted to a hospital.

So far, there have been no reported cases of people getting Zika in the United States after being bitten by a mosquito here. All of the more than 100 cases in the U.S. have been reported in people who had traveled to other countries where the virus is established.