Utah Resident Dies After Being Infected With Zika Virus


Utah health officials say a resident infected with Zika virus has died, and while the exact cause is unclear, it marks the first death related to the virus in the continental U.S.

Authorities said Friday the unidentified person from Salt Lake County tested positive after traveling to an area of the world where mosquitoes are known to spread Zika.

The Salt Lake County Health Department says the exact cause of the death in late June isn’t clear because the person was elderly and also had an underlying health condition.

Health officials say they aren’t releasing more information on the person or where they traveled due to privacy laws.

The virus causes only a mild illness, at worst, in most people, but infection during pregnancy can lead to severe birth defects. It’s spread mainly through the bite of a tropical mosquito.

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