First travel confirmed case of Zika in Fresno

First travel confirmed case of Zika in Fresno

To date, all other Zika cases in the continental US have been travel-related; however, officials have said that with mosquito season now started, there could be some locally transmitted cases.

"This person had an underlying medical condition and tested positive for Zika", Dr Dagmar Vitek of the Salt Lake County HealthDepartment told a news conference. The resident "had traveled this year to an area of the world where mosquitoes are known to spread Zika virus", the health department said.

Due to health privacy concerns, the officials could not provide further details on the case. In Puerto Rico and other USA territories, Frieden said "dozens and perhaps 50 pregnant women are becoming infected with the Zika virus" every day.

Seven babies born in the Zika-infected mothers have birth defects, and another five women with Zika had pregnancy losses as of June 23, according to the CDC.

Officials do not believe mosquitoes carrying the virus are in the Greater Cincinnati area, but they do expect to see cases from those who have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is found in mosquitoes.

There is not now a vaccine for Zika virus. While the virus can cause mild symptoms such as fever, rash and pink eye, it has been found to cause devastating birth defects including microcephaly.

The testing comes just a few weeks after the first local case of Zika virus was confirmed in Boone County.

U.S. health officials announced Friday the first death that resulted from an infection by that Zika virus in the continental United States.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department set up eight traps, two each in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties. Lab tests done in Utah were positive for Zika.

The main risk is to pregnant women. Zika is primarily spread by mosquitoes, although several cases of sexual transmission have been reported as well.

Caldwell said that "Texas is in the Zika crosshairs and needs this money before Congress goes on its August recess". There have been 55 cases reported in Texas, all travel related, including 16 in Harris County. The virus can cause microcephaly, a condition where the brain doesn't develop properly.

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