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Health officials report first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in Oregon

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Scientists observe the damage to the cells caused by the Zika virus. (CNN/IOC/Fiocruz) Scientists observe the damage to the cells caused by the Zika virus. (CNN/IOC/Fiocruz)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Health Authority has reported its first case of sexually transmitted Zika infection.

The illness was spread from a man who had traveled in a Zika-affected country to his female partner, who had not traveled according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Both people later tested positive for Zika.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Zika seldom causes serious illness.

Four out of five people who get the virus have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are generally mild and include fever, rash, joint pain, and redness of the eyes, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

ZIka is concerning, however, because of its potential link to serious birth defects in babies born to women infected during pregnancy.

"Though mosquito bites appear to be the most common way Zika is spread, there is increasing evidence for sexual transmission as well," says Richard Leman, MD, an OHA public health physician. "People who have been in Zika-affected areas in the previous two weeks and develop symptoms suggesting Zika should see their health care provider. CDC advises men with pregnant sex partners to use condoms or abstain from sex for the duration of pregnancy."

For more Zika information and resources, visit the OHA Zika website at HealthOregon.org/Zika.

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