LA County sees 1st case of sexually transmitted Zika

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed the county's first case of sexually transmitted Zika Thursday.

The case occurred in a female resident whose male partner recently traveled to Mexico, where he contracted the virus.

"This case is a reminder to take precautions during sex or avoid sex if you or your partner have traveled to an area with risk of Zika," said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, the interim health officer for Los Angeles County. "Sexual transmission of Zika can occur with or without symptoms. Given the risk for birth defects, the greatest concern is transmission of the virus to women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant."

Since 2015, Los Angeles County has seen 122 cases of Zika, 121 of which have occurred in individuals who traveled to areas where mosquitoes were actively spreading the virus.

To learn more about the Zika virus, click here.

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