First known US Zika case was of cargo from China – Arizona scientist

This article is over 4 months old Country report says 44 cases, 74% men and 23% women, have been diagnosed in China since March but only one case was recorded in US A scientist…

First known US Zika case was of cargo from China – Arizona scientist

This article is over 4 months old

Country report says 44 cases, 74% men and 23% women, have been diagnosed in China since March but only one case was recorded in US

A scientist from Arizona says COVID-19, the first known case of a Zika infection in the US, was a merchant from a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan who had visited Utah, before moving to Colorado.

The news contradicts the World Health Organisation’s report on a 44-person case of Zika confirmed in China’s Yinshui County, which the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says was confirmed on 29 September.

Coordinator of the CDC Zika response Chris Rains said the agency was “not aware of anyone who lives in Colorado”, according to a Daily Mail report.

The US state of Colorado confirmed a case of Zika there on Friday, but it appears to be unrelated to COVID-19.

Prof Celeste Monforton, head of the CDC Office of Emerging Infectious Diseases, told the Guardian on Saturday: “The only individuals in the case here are from Oregon. All the mosquitos that carried the virus come from a single region in the Americas.”

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Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is often transmitted through blood, while in some cases it can be passed via sex.

There are currently 65 confirmed cases of Zika in the US, as a result of travel to countries infected with the virus, according to CDC figures.

The CDC reported the first known case of a Zika infection in the US in Texas on Thursday.

Monforton said although the virus has “real public health concern, especially for pregnant women, we’re not looking at it as a major outbreak”.

“It’s really within the population at large,” she said.

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