San Diego County health officials announced Friday a confirmed Zika virus case in a San Diego woman. The woman is believed to have contracted the virus while in Colombia, was not pregnant and was not hospitalized. She has fully recovered, similar to the two previous cases of travel-associated Zika infections reported in San Diego.
This is the first Zika virus case reported in the region this year, according to health officials.
“There is no immediate threat from Zika if people have not traveled to known affected areas,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Anyone who is planning travel to a country with active Zika virus transmission should consult their doctors before leaving, especially if they are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been no reported mosquito-transmitted cases of Zika in the continental United States. Thirty-five countries and territories in the Americas, Africa and the Pacific Ocean have recently reported locally acquired Zika infections. Although Mexico has reported cases from local mosquitoes, none have been in Baja California.
Earlier this week, the CDC reported that 107 travel associated Zika cases have been reported, six from California.