Utah woman is first Zika-related death in US

Utah woman is first Zika-related death in US

An elderly Utah resident is the first person in the continental U.S.to die while being infected with the Zika virus.

Whether Zika was the actual cause of death in the Utah case is unclear-and may never be known, a Salt Lake County Health Department spokesman said.

Further information is not being released on the most recent case because of patient identity protection, Tarrant County Public Health officials wrote in a statement.

As of early July, there were 35 confirmed cases of Zika in Pennsylvania so far this year and 1,133 in the continental United States.

"I hope common sense will prevail in Washington and we can come together on a bipartisan basis and pass a responsible and clean bill that helps our nation protect pregnant women and babies from this potentially devastating virus". "It may not be possible to determine how the Zika infection contributed to the death", a news release said. Men who have traveled to areas where Zika is actively spreading and did not develop symptoms of Zika virus infection should use a condom or abstain from sex for at least eight weeks after returning from travel. "In April, Legacy announced the area's first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, a Fort Bend woman who'd traveled to El Salvador". Officials said he recovered from initial Zika symptoms, but then developed a condition in which antibodies that formed in reaction to the Zika infection started attacking blood platelet cells. Those who traveled to the countries where there have been reported outbreaks of virus are also at risk.

As lawmakers on capitol hill argue over additional funding to fight the Zika Virus, many families are ready to take summer trips. "We do advise our customers if they have concerns to contact the resort directly, and the resorts are doing all the spraying and everything that they need to do to keep the area safe", said Pond.

More than 1,100 Zika illnesses have been reported in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including six in Salt Lake County, according to health officials. It is reasonable to expect that Zika will eventually be locally acquired somewhere in Florida, since cases of other mosquito viruses followed the same path, such as dengue and chikungunya.


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