● Man with virus is in his 20s, from Mason County
● No vaccine for virus
● About 80 percent of those infected don’t show symptoms
● Not fatal, but there’s a big risk to pregnant women
In Oregon, in an unrelated case, health officials confirmed on Feb. 10 that one woman was diagnosed in with the virus. She contracted it when in an affected country outside the U.S., and she has recovered.
Here’s what you need to know about Zika and Washington state:
Most cases of Zika virus in the U.S. have involved travelers who have returned from areas where Zika is being locally transmitted. With the virus exploding in those hot spots, the number of Zika cases among travelers returning to the U.S. will likely go up.
These imported cases could lead to the virus being spread locally.
According to Dr. Jeff Duchin with King County Public Health an infected person in the U.S. can transmit Zika if the mosquitos that carry the virus exist.
But he says the southern U.S. is more at risk.
“A mosquito bites someone who has the infection and then bites someone else, so you need to have a lot of mosquitoes out there to transmit infection,” he said previously.
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