Ohio reports state's first sexually transmitted Zika infection

The Ohio Department of Health has reported the state's first case of sexually transmitted Zika in a 61-year-old woman whose husband traveled to a region with active local Zika transmission.

The new infections mark the state's 15th and 16th travel-related Zika cases.

"Travelers to areas with active Zika virus transmission should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, which is the primary way you can contract the virus," said Mary DiOrio, MD, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health. "When travelers return home, they should follow CDC guidance to prevent sexual transmission of the virus, especially pregnant women or women or may become pregnant."

Find the CDC's guidelines for people traveling to regions with local Zika transmission here.

To see were Zika has been reported in the U.S. as of June 17, click here.

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