Solano County resident tests positive for Zika virus

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.

SOLANO COUNTY (KRON) — A Solano County resident has tested positive for the Zika virus, according to the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services.

The patient has recently traveled to Central America, according to health officials.

“We want the public to know that at this time the Zika virus poses no risk to Solano County residents,” says Dr. Michael Stacey, MD, MPH, Deputy Health Officer for Solano County. “The virus, which is primarily transmitted by two species of invasive mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, are not native to the Bay Area and have no established population here.”

This is the first confirmed case in Solano County.

Zika can cause dramatic birth defects, including babies born with unusually small heads. Currently, Zika is circulating in a number of countries, mostly Latin America, the Caribbean and some of the Pacific Islands.

The virus is spread through mosquito bites. Sexual transmission of Zika has also been observed.

“The most effective ways to prevent Zika virus infection among Solano County residents is to avoid traveling to places where there is active Zika virus transmission,” says Dr. Stacey. “Residents should also be safe about having sex with people who have traveled to impacted areas. Additionally, if you must travel, use precautions to avoid mosquito bites. This is especially important for women who are already pregnant or are intending to be pregnant.”

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