1st case of sexually transmitted Zika reported in Oregon

Man traveled to Zika-affected country, spread disease to partner when he came home

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Health Authority on Friday announced the state’s first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus.

The OHA says a man traveled to a Zika affected country and spread the disease to his female partner when he came home. She had not traveled with him. Both of them tested positive for Zika.

During an OHA press conference on Friday, Richard Leman MD said that men who have traveled to Zika-affected countries should abstain from sex with pregnant women or use condoms. He also said that pregnant women should postpone travel to Zika-affected countries.

The first laboratory-confirmed case of Zika in Oregon was announced February 10. Previously, 3 Oregonians had confirmed cases of Zika since 2014. All 3 cases involved people who traveled to Polynesia.

The two types of mosquito that carry the virus are not found in Oregon.

The CDC is investigating more than a dozen possible cases of sexual transmission of Zika in the U.S.

As of February 3, there were 35 cases of Zika confirmed in the U.S.

The virus has been linked to a serious birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.

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