First Californian Contracts Zika Virus Through Sexual Contact

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The mosquito Aedes Aegypti as seen through a microscope. The main culprit in the spread of Zika as well as other viruses. (Credit: Miguel Castro/CNN)

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In the first such case in California, a woman from San Diego was infected with Zika virus through sexual contact, health officials said Friday.

The woman, who became ill last month, hadn’t traveled out of the country, but her partner had recently visited Colombia, which is one of more than 30 countries in the Americas reporting many cases of the disease. Both have recovered.

Zika virus, suspected of causing birth defects, is primarily transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. However, it can also be passed from person to person through sex.

As of Friday, there had been 22 cases of travel-associated Zika virus this year in California, according to the state health department. The most were in San Diego County, which had seven, followed by L.A. County with five.

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