Maine Receives Nearly $200000 to Combat Spread of Zika Virus

"The exotic mosquito species capable of transmitting the Zika virus are not found along the Wasatch Front", Faraji said, according to Deseret News.

"Those states where we've seen the highest number of travel-related cases, that's considered a public health emergency for them", Haynes said.

A Utah woman is the first confirmed person in the continental U.S.to die from potentially Zika-related causes, the Salt Lake County Health Department said Friday.

The virus originated from the coasts of Latin America, the "Silent Epidemic", as the Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden calls the disease, is slowly spreading across the states. In a statement, the Salt Lake County Health Department said that there isn't any threat of Zika virus infection in the region.

Nationwide, more than 1,100 Zika illnesses have been reported in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including six in Salt Lake County, according to health officials.

The elderly victim, who had an underlying health condition, died in late June after traveling to a country where the mosquito-transmitted virus is active, the Salt Lake County health department said. Officials say they may not be able to determine how the virus may have contributed to her death. There are many recommendations as regard to how to avoid getting infected with mosquito-borne virus that is linked to many child births. There is one case of confirmed infection through sexual transmission.

"Due to health privacy laws, health officials will not release further details about the individual or the individual's travel history".

There is now no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus and many people infected won't have any symptoms, according to the CDC. "Jurisdictions can use these funds to identify and investigate a possible outbreak, to coordinate a response across all levels of government, to identify and connect families affected by Zika to community services", Haynes said.

The main risk is to pregnant women. It is reasonable to expect that Zika will eventually be locally acquired somewhere in Florida, since cases of other mosquito viruses followed the same path, such as dengue and chikungunya.

Many people infected with Zika don't have any symptoms, and one out of five will have very mild symptoms, so these infections could potentially go undetected.

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