According to the CDC data, the patient who died in June from Zika infection, had travelled to the country where Zika-mosquitoes Aedes aegypti are present. Nope, maybe not. Scientist are trying to figure out how a man in Utah got Zika when the state has no infected mosquitoes and he didn't have sex with the infected person he was helping. CDC investigators say that the case shows there is still more to learn about Zika, but emphasized that mosquitoes are still the virus's main mode of transmission. "Based on what we know so far about this case, there is no evidence that there is any risk of Zika virus transmission among the general public in Utah".
However, experts stress that the chance of spread from one person to another without sexual contact is still very tiny if it exists at all.
"We are a mobile society and people travel to areas where Zika may be prevalent, so we may see more cases in our community" Turner said.
Prior to his death, the man had Zika symptoms - including rash, fever and pink eye - but it's not known if the virus led to his death. That patient had an unusually high level of the virus in his blood - more than 100,000 times higher than other samples of people with the disease. Of the 1,306 cases of Zika infection that have been reported in the United States, almost all are thought to have been transmitted outside the USA via a mosquito bite, with 14 of them being transmitted through sexual contact.
"We are learning something new about Zika virus every day", said Erin Staples, a medical epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, the patient recovered quickly after a mild illness, but that is little solace for those who are now scratching their heads as they try to figure out how the caregiver contracted the virus at all.
"During pregnancy, the Zika virus may be passed from the mother to her fetus", Gupta said.
DHHR has launched a Zika webpage, zikawv.org, where residents can easily access Zika information, how to prevent the disease, and to help explain the risks of the virus to pregnant women and their unborn children.