Utah Confirms First Zika Related Death in Continental US

Meaning those who are infected with Zika within the United States have caught the virus from traveling or through unprotected sex.

On Friday, officials at the Salt Lake County Health Department in Utah reported that an elderly resident died last month after contracting Zika.

The unidentified Salt Lake County resident contracted the virus while traveling overseas to an area with a Zika outbreak, health officials said.

After a record-setting Wednesday, in which 11 people came down with the Zika virus in Florida, the past two days have been quiet, according to the Florida Department of Health, which issues daily updates on the virus which can cause devastating birth defects.

The news of the first death caused by a Zika virus infection comes just a few days after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a $1.1 billion proposal for funding Zika virus prevention measures.

A 70-year-old Puerto Rican man died from complications of the virus in February.

"This unfortunate situation is a tragic reminder of how important it is to receive proper pre-travel education and to protect yourself from mosquitoes when traveling overseas", said Dr Dagmar Vitek, medical director for Salt Lake County health department in a statement.

In a statement from the local health department it said, "While this individual did test positive for Zika virus, the exact cause of death has not been determined, and it may not be possible to determine how the Zika infection contributed to the death". He died after suffering internal bleeding.

People all across the nation can only hope that this case will bring more attention and more funding to Zika, as it has now proven to cause harm towards those infected with it.

As of July 6, a total of 1,132 cases of people who contracted the virus while traveling overseas had been registered in the United States, it said.

As everyone learns more and more about Zika, they begin to learn that there is a lot that they might not know about the virus.

Having unprotected sexual intercourse with somebody who is infected with the Zika virus is another way a person can contract the disease. AP material published by LongIsland.com, is done so with explicit permission. This includes the preparation of derivative works of, or the incorporation of such content into other works. Please see our terms of service for more information.

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