According to a report in CNN by Debra Goldschmidt, "Utah health officials said Friday that the death of an elderly patient at the end of June was related to the Zika virus, the first Zika-related death in the continental United States".
CDC recommends that women who have traveled to a country with Zika transmission wait at least eight weeks after returning home before trying to become pregnant, whether they have symptoms or not. According to CDC guidance, providers should consider testing all pregnant women with a history of travel to a Zika affected area for the virus.
Agency spokesman Benjamin Haynes said the woman, who was not named, was studying the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects and has been declared a global health emergency.
The death of the woman in Utah follows the first death from Zika in Puerto Rico in April as a result of severe internal bleeding due to lack of platelets in the blood.
In an interview last week, Shigui Ruan, a professor of mathematics at the University of Miami, said that he took an interest in sexual transmission of zika largely because sexual transmission sets it apart from other diseases spread by mosquitoes.
"That's a shockingly high percent of babies that are being harmed by Zika virus", she said.
The symptoms of Zika include a fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.
The funding can also be used to support Zika preparedness and response capacity in areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit the virus; to improve mosquito control programs; to build virus surveillance and education efforts; and enhance laboratory capacity to test for the Zika virus. Her death came up as the first verified Zika-related death in the continental United States.
Although mosquito species capable of transmitting Zika virus are found in certain regions of the continental USA, the CDC has identified zero Zika infections transmitted by local mosquitoes.
Moreover, it may not be possible to determine exactly how the Zika virus contributed to their death, it added. As of Thursday, there were 263 people with travel-related cases of the virus in Florida. For women in the USA, where abortion is a legal medical procedure, those who contract Zika while pregnant will have to make the highly personal choice of whether or not to terminate their pregnancy.
The officials said they found out about the case by checking death certificates.