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Possible Zika Virus Case Being Investigated In Sacramento


A possible Zika virus case has been detected in Sacramento County and is being investigated by the county’s Division of Public Health. The 34-year-old male being monitored and tested for the virus has traveled to an area where Zika transmission is active.

Officials say the preliminary results are positive but they are waiting on the confirmatory results.

According to Sacramento County, one contracts Zika primarily by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes have not been detected in Sacramento county, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

District Manager Gary Goodman says the risk to residents is “very low” since the two primary mosquito species capable of transmitting the virus are not present in the area.

However, these invasive mosquito species are well-established in some parts of California, according to the county.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were more than 5,200 confirmed cases of Zika virus in U.S. States and Territories, as of July 20. 

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