San Francisco resident fully recovers after testing positive for Zika virus

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Health officials said a San Francisco resident is recovering after testing positive for the Zika virus last month.

The person was infected while traveling in Central America and is now fully recovered and doing well.

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No transmission of the disease took place in the United States, and there was no risk of transmission to the local community from this case.

Cases have also been confirmed in Napa and Alameda counties.

Officials said there is no reason for the public to be concerned that they are at risk for getting Zika in San Francisco at this time as it is not circulating in the Bay Area.

Zika is a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. It generally causes mild symptoms of fever, joint pain, rash and red eyes.

Currently Zika is circulating in a number of countries, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in Puerto Rico. Recently, Brazil has experienced an increase in cases of the birth defect microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

This appears to be linked to maternal infection with Zika virus, and research is ongoing to understand the connection.

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The San Francisco Health Department issued advisories to health care providers on January 22, 2016 and February 12, 2016 informing them that the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert for people traveling to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Pregnant women are advised to consider postponing travel to these countries, and all travelers are advised to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Women who are pregnant and with a sexual partner who has traveled to areas with Zika are advised to abstain from sex or use condoms consistently for the duration of the pregnancy in order to prevent sexual transmission of Zika.

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