The Pacific Northwest has its first confirmed case of travel-related Zika Virus, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed Wednesday.
Health authorities confirmed that an unidentified woman contracted the virus while traveling outside the United States and returned. She has since recovered and officials say there is no danger to the public.
The Oregon Health Authority confirmed that this is the first case confirmed in a laboratory. They said three residents of Oregon have contracted the virus since 2014.
“We have been informing physicians whom to test for Zika and sharing information on how travelers can protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes,” says Richard Leman, a physician with the Oregon Heath Authority. “We want to help Oregonians protect themselves.”
Zika is spread by certain types of mosquitoes that bite an infected person, then bite an uninfected person, according to health officials. Sexual transmission of the disease also has been reported, though this appears to be rare. Zika symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint pain and redness of the eyes, are mild, and serious illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
However, Zika may endanger pregnancies, so women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should be particularly careful to avoid the disease.
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