Alvin man with Zika says he’s living just fine with virus

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When Jackie Thornton returned to Alvin after a mission trip in the Caribbean Islands, he had a headache that wouldn’t go away. He said his symptoms were followed with a rash, and then body aches.

As it turned out, Thornton had contracted the Zika virus.

"If you're responsible about it, it's not as scary as it sounds," Thornton said.

Thornton wants to prove the average person infected with the Zika virus can live a normal life.

The Alvin resident said he is feeling much better than before these days and his symptoms are slowly going away.

Health officials say the virus can cause significant harm in pregnant women, who can pass it down to their unborn children. Once born, the baby may suffer from birth defects and a slew of neurological problems.

Most cases of Zika in the United States have been contracted through travel to the more than 60 international countries and territories, where the virus is prevalent, according to the World Health Organization.