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Unique Case of Zika Reported in Utah

Officials with the Utah Department of Health have confirmed a unique case of Zika in an individual who cared for a family member who had the virus.

According to officials, the case is unique in that the patient involved has not traveled to an area with Zika or had sexual contact with a person infected with Zika, and there is no evidence that Zika-carrying mosquitoes are present in Utah. However, the patient did have contact with an individual who had a high concentration of Zika virus in the blood. That individual recently died.

This is the eighth case of Zika infection reported among Utah residents.

Public health investigators are examining samples from family members of the affected patient and the deceased patient, as well as interviewing family members and contacts to better determine what contact they had with the patient who died.

At this time, health officials said there is no evidence that the general public in Utah is at risk for Zika virus transmission.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page dedicated to this emerging public health threat. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

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Michelle Rosenfeld is manager of communications at America's Essential Hospitals.

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