First sexually transmitted case of Zika reported in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is dealing with its first sexually transmitted case of the Zika virus.

In a news release, the Department of Health said a Pennsylvania resident contracted Zika while traveling outside the state. That person passed the virus via sexual transmission to their partner.

“If you have traveled to an area where Zika virus is present, condoms or other barrier protection methods should be used during sex for eight weeks upon return to prevent sexual transmission,” said Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health.

As of August 29, the department reported 95 confirmed Zika infections in the state. None of those cases occurred as a result of a mosquito bite locally.

Symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain, and pink eye. Women who contract Zika while pregnant could give birth to children with serious birth defects including microcephaly, which causes newborns to be born with heads smaller than normal.

 

 

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