Florida Zika Virus Cases Near 40

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The findings suggest that sexual transmission of the virus might be more common than previously reported, the CDC said.

All three individuals infected with the virus are women over the age of 40 years old and are not pregnant, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. That one involved a woman age 61 to 80 who recently had traveled to Central America.
This digitally-colorized image shows particles of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache.
This woman was one of six who reported symptoms of Zika during their first trimesters.
– Today the CDC released information about nine pregnant travelers, now in the USA, with confirmed cases of Zika virus.
Later Friday, the CDC recommended that pregnant women consider not going to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. A few months later, she found out through ultrasound that her child has serious brain defects and that the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby has Zika virus content. “After discussion with her health-care providers, the patient elected to terminate her pregnancy”, the CDC stated.
The ninth woman “reported symptoms of Zika virus infection in the third trimester of pregnancy, and she delivered a healthy infant”, said the CDC.
There were also two healthy newborns and two women who still carry healthy babies. The yellow-fever mosquito and Asian tiger mosquito known to spread Zika are not native to San Diego, county health officials said.
At local hospitals, including Legacy Community Health, visitors are told to inform staff about travel to countries where Zika has been confirmed. . If they travel with a male partner, there is a risk for sexual transmission of Zika.
Men returning from a Zika-infected area should abstain from sex or use a condom. “Anyone who is planning travel to a country with active Zika virus transmission should consult their doctors before leaving, especially if they are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant”. Because of this, the CDC recommends that men who live in or travel to Zika infected areas should not have sex with a pregnant partner. But in Brazil, officials are investigating a possible link to babies born with brain defects and abnormally small heads.