The First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus Confirmed in Los Angeles County
Earlier this month, Los Angeles County officials announced that a woman had been infected with the Zika virus by her partner in the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the county. Apparently, a Los Angeles County resident traveled to Mexico and became infected with the Zika virus in early November. His female partner, who didn’t travel to Mexico, also developed the infection shortly afterward. Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County’s interim health officer, stated,
This case is a reminder to take precautions during sex or avoid sex if you or your partner have traveled to an area with risk of Zika.
California has had 619 cases of Zika infections since 2015, eight of which were sexually transmitted. The Los Angeles County has seen 122 cases of Zika since 2015, with 121 of those infections being acquired while traveling to countries where the virus is spreading. Zika virus is most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause birth defects in pregnant women, but the good news is that there are no known mosquitoes carrying the virus in California. It is important to wear mosquito repellent as well as long sleeves and pants when traveling to countries where Zika is a risk. People who are infected with Zika virus have experienced symptoms that include a fever along with a rash or muscle pain that lasts for about a week, but most infected people don’t show any symptoms.