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Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 4:05 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 4:14 PM
By: Breaking News Staff
OHIO — The Ohio Department of Health has announced the state’s first case of Zika virus through sexual transmission.
A 61-year-old woman in Lucas County has contracted the virus after her husband traveled to a country with active Zika virus transmission. She is the 16th case in Ohio.
The husband’s diagnosis is the state’s 15th travel-associated case, according to the health department.
“Travelers to areas with active Zika virus transmission should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, which is the primary way you can contract the virus,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health, in a release. “When travelers return home, they should follow CDC guidance to prevent sexual transmission of the virus, especially to pregnant women or women or may become pregnant.”
Health officials are increasing mosquito assessment and control measures in the area to reduce the risk of local mosquitoes becoming infected by biting them and spreading the virus to others, according to ODH.
Across the U.S. there have been 755 travel-related cases and 12 cases acquired through sex.
While Zika virus can spread through sexual transmission, there is no indication that it can spread from person to person through casual contact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following guidance, based on evidence of a link between Zika virus and certain birth defects:
Eighty percent of people infected with the Zika virus do not have any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they include fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, red eyes and headache.