CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health has reported the state’s first case of Zika virus in a Cleveland woman.
Fox 8’s Matt Wright has learned that the woman was diagnosed by a private doctor. She no longer has the virus. She contracted the virus while in Haiti for work.
According to a release from the health department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously reported 35 cases of the Zika virus in the United States.
Zika virus is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites, and there is no indication that it can spread from person to person through casual contact.
CDC has confirmed a U.S. case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler after the person’s sexual partner returned from an affected country and developed symptoms, according to a release.
The release states that planning is underway for a Zika virus tabletop exercise to ensure Ohio’s preparedness at the local and state levels prior to the 2016 mosquito season that runs from May to October.
“There is no vaccine available for Zika virus so it’s important for Ohioans traveling to affected areas to take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health. “There have been no reported cases of Zika virus disease transmission through mosquito bites anywhere in the continental U.S.”
“Prevention of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission is the same as prevention of any other mosquito-borne diseases,” Dr. DiOrio said. “This includes taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites – such as using insect repellents, limiting exposure where and when mosquitoes are most active, and removing breeding sources such as containers that collect standing water.”
For more details on the Zika virus from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.