New York woman diagnosed with Zika after Jamaica trip speaks out

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An editor with a national magazine now counts herself among the 750 Americans who have confirmed cases of Zika virus. (WPVI)

Fresh off a five day trip in tropical paradise, Harper's Bazaar senior digital editor Chrissy Rutherford returned home with one scary souvenir.

"You sort of think that it's not going to happen to you," she told ABC News.

She was on a train heading to a wedding three days after arriving home from her Jamaican vacation when she first started to notice her systems.

"I'm sitting on the train and I start taking a selfie, as one does as they're on a train by themselves on the way to a wedding," she said. "When I saw my skin, my heart just started pounding."

Her face had broken out in a rash, a symptom that appeared after she had already been experiencing two days of leg soreness and joint stiffness.

"A light bulb, I guess, just went off in my head," she said. "And I thought, 'I think I could have Zika virus.'"

After a Google search of Zika symptoms and two trips to the doctor, a urine test confirmed her fears. She had contracted Zika.

More than 750 people in 45 states have reported cases of Zika, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, nearly two weeks later, Rutherford said she's finally starting to feel like herself and ready to share her experience with her readers at Harper's Bazaar.

Read more of Rutherford's story from ABC News.

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