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State confirms woman in Oregon contracted Zika virus

Zika testing (file image/CNN) Zika testing (file image/CNN)
Zika testing (file image/CNN) Zika testing (file image/CNN)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday that a woman in Oregon has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

The woman contracted the virus in an affected country outside the U.S. and has since recovered, according to the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division.

State officials said there is no danger to the public. No information was released about the woman or where she lives in Oregon. 

This is the first laboratory-confirmed case of Zika in Oregon in 2016. Before this, three Oregonians have had travel-associated Zika confirmed since 2014.

Zika is spread by certain types of mosquitoes that bite an infected person, then bite an uninfected person.

Sexual transmission of the disease has also been reported, but the Oregon Health Authority said that appears to be rare.

Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and redness of the eyes. State health officials said symptoms are described as mild, and serious illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

However, Zika may endanger pregnancies, so women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should be particularly careful to avoid the disease.

"We have been informing physicians whom to test for Zika and sharing information on how travelers can protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes," said Dr. Richard Leman, an OHA public health physician. "We want to help Oregonians protect themselves."

The Oregon Health Authority stated in a release Wednesday that they are in regular contact with health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is partnering with the World Health Organization and other global health organizations to ensure the latest and most up-to-date information about the Zika outbreak is available to health agencies around the world.

For more information go to public.health.oregon.gov or cdc.gov/zika.

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. 

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