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Disease Zika has arrived in Oregon – but not the mosquito

Zika carrying mosquito They are NOT in Oregon, but somebody who was bitten overseas came down with it and returned to Oregon where she's recovered nicely.

Zika carrying mosquito
They are NOT in Oregon, but somebody who was bitten overseas came down with it and returned to Oregon where she’s recovered nicely.

From Oregon Health Authority

State officials confirm first travel-associated Zika case of 2016
Travelers should take precautions when visiting affected countries

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is confirming that a person in Oregon has been diagnosed with a travel-associated Zika virus infection. The adult woman contracted the virus in an affected country outside the U.S. and has recovered. There is no danger to the public.

This is the first laboratory-confirmed case of Zika in Oregon in 2016. Before this, three Oregonians have had travel-associated Zika confirmed since 2014.

Zika is spread by certain types of mosquitoes that bite an infected person, then bite an uninfected person. 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.

“We have been informing physicians about who to test for Zika and sharing that information so travelers can protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes,” says Richard Leman, MD, an OHA public health physician. “We want to help Oregonians protect themselves.”

The Oregon Health Authority is in regular contact with health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is partnering with the World Health Organization and other global health organizations to ensure the latest and most up-to-date information about the Zika outbreak is available to health agencies around the world.

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