Utah resident dies after contracting Zika virus

by Alfonso Matthews Julio 11, 2016, 7:42

Dagmar Vitek, medical director for the Salt Lake County Health Department, said cases of the Zika virus in the us have all come from individuals traveling to other countries where the virus is prevalent, according to Deseret News.

The first adult death in the continental USA potentially related to the Zika virus was reported on Friday in Salt Lake City.

County health officials said it may not be possible to determine how or whether the Zika infection contributed to the person's death.

The CDC has proposed some guidelines and recommendations to health care providers to prepare facilities and staff to respond to patients infected with the Zika virus, as well as guidelines to read primary results of Zika tests.

Due to privacy laws, health officials said they would not release additional details about the individual or his or her travel history.

The virus is unsafe, especially in elderly people, because of the severity of the symptoms.

On Friday, the Salt Lake County Health Department announced that a Utah woman has lost her life after contracting the Zika virus.

According to reports by the CDC, a 70-year-old Puerto Rican man died from complications of the virus in February. "And that's because the body doesn't control the infection well and the infection replicates more and is more severe". He died after suffering internal bleeding.

While Zika is nearly never fatal, it has been known to happen.

There are 2,534 documented cases of Zika virus in US territories, the vast majority of which were acquired locally.

The state's only mosquito breed that could carry Zika is the Aedes albopictus, or the Asian tiger mosquito, but the positive case does not change the county's mosquito program, Damsker noted. You can check this map to see if your county has had an infestation of the mosquito recently.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that it is monitoring 320 U.S. pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection, up from 287 women a week earlier.

In Brazil, the epicenter of the current Zika outbreak, about 5,000 babies have been born with microcephaly. But 14 were people who had not traveled to Zika zones but had sex with someone who had. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Wednesday, the department reported 11 cases of Zika in the state, the most ever reported in a single day.

Three more pregnant Houston women have contracted Zika, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause birth defects.


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