First sexually-transmitted case of Zika virus in San Diego County confirmed

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The first Zika virus case transmitted through sexual contact in San Diego County was confirmed by health officials Friday. A woman contracted the disease after making intimate contact with a man who had returned from a vacation in Colombia. Both she and her partner have fully covered since. 

"Travelers to countries where Zika is present should protect themselves from mosquito bites while they are abroad and prevent sexual transmission when they return,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infections.”

The disease is capable of spreading from males to females, though there’s no evidence of it being transferable from women to men. 

The Zika virus is most-often transferred through mosquito bites and is suspected of causing severe birth defects when pregnant women contract the illness. No mosquito-transmitted cases of Zika have been reported within the United States, though health officials have issued warnings to prevent pregnant women from traveling to countries they could come into contact with the virus. 

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