Public health officials investigating Zika case in Utah

July 21, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Utah health officials are investigating a case of Zika virus in a family contact who cared for an individual who died in late June from unknown causes. The decedent had been infected with Zika after traveling to an area with the virus and had a uniquely high amount of Zika virus in the blood. The investigation is focused on how the contact, who has fully recovered, became infected, as the person had not recently traveled to an area with Zika or had sex with someone who did or was infected. “Based on what we know so far about this case, there is no evidence that there is any risk of Zika virus transmission among the general public in Utah,” said Angela Dunn, M.D., deputy state epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. Click here to read more from the American Hospital Association.


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