State public health officials have identified the first case of Zika virus infection in Montana in an adult from Missoula County who returned from a Zika-affected area.
The department said both patients have fully recovered.
Montana is one of 25 states reporting a travel-associated case of Zika.
Moreover, there is no vaccine available against the virus and there is no medicine to cure the illness. Zika is a disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito in tropical climates that leads to flu-like symptoms, fever, rash, red eyes and muscle pain.
To prevent mosquito bites, apply insect repellent that has DEET, dress in long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and remove standing water where mosquitos live and breed. Pino said men and women should take precautions including using condoms if the woman is pregnant and the man has recently traveled to an area where the virus is present.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill.
Pregnant women are being advised to think carefully before traveling to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Central America and parts of South America.
Baden said transmission is possible through blood transfusion, “and we’ve seen it in breast milk”, though he said the CDC doesn’t have evidence that it is transmitted through breast milk.
Quinlisk said, “We have people travelingand we do expect a few people who travel to get Zika and come back and get diagnosed, but going forward, we hope all travelers to these areas hear our warnings”.
“I commend the staff at the State Public Health Laboratory for their hard work and dedication in developing our capability to test for Zika“, Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said.
So far, Zika virus infections in California have only been reported in people returning from Zika-affected countries. She is not showing symptoms of Zika virus infection at this time. Less common modes of transmission include maternal-fetal transmission and sexual transmission.