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Utah Resident Becomes First Zika-Related Death In U.S.

Dr. Dagmar Vitek, left, of the Salt Lake County Health Department, speaks about a Zika-related death during a news conference Friday in Salt Lake City, Utah. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer - reuters - by Julie Steenhuysen - July 8, 2016

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a Utah resident’s death last month is the first Zika-related death in the continental United States, the CDC said in an emailed statement.

Health officials in the Salt Lake County health department in Utah reported the death on Friday of an elderly resident who had been infected with the Zika virus while traveling to an area with active transmission of the virus.

The exact cause of death is not known, the health department said in a press release.


CLICK HERE - VIDEO - Press Conference - Facebook - Salt Lake County Health Department - July 8, 2016

CLICK HERE - ANNOUNCEMENT - Salt Lake County Health Department

CLICK HERE - NBC - Zika Patient Dies in Utah; 1st Related Death in Continental U.S.

CLICK HERE - USAToday - 1st death related to Zika virus seen in continental U.S.

CLICK HERE - Associated Press - First death related to Zika virus in U.S. documented in Utah

CLICK HERE - Reuters - Utah resident who had been infected with Zika dies: health officials


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Comments - video reporter, Kristen Caires - Cathy Free - July 11, 2016

According to the video reporter in the news video above, the death of the male patient diagnosed with Zika in Utah was caused by internal bleeding . . .


Internal bleeding was also the cause of death for the first Zika patient who died in Puerto Rico. - July 12, 2016

Utah health officials say the Zika-infected person who died last week of an undetermined cause was a man.

Salt Lake County Health Department spokesman Pam Davenport confirmed the gender Monday of first person in the continental United States to die while infected with the virus.

The unidentified elderly man suffered symptoms of the disease and died after traveling abroad to an area with a Zika outbreak.


ALSO SEE SAME ARTICLE IN THE LINKS BELOW - Associated Press - Officials confirm Zika-related death in Utah was a man


For information on the caregiver of the Utah Zika patient, click on the link below . . . - by Maggie Fox - September 13, 2016

CLICK HERE - CDC - MMWR - Preliminary Findings from an Investigation of Zika Virus Infection in a Patient with No Known Risk Factors — Utah, 2016

Doctors say they still cannot figure out how a dying Utah man gave the Zika virus to his son last July but said the virus may, rarely, pass directly from patients to caregivers. . . .

. . . "It remains unclear how patient A was infected; however patient A was known to have had close contact (i.e. kissing and hugging) with the index patient while the index patient's viral load was found to be very high," Dr. Jeanmarie Mayer of the University of Utah Hospital and colleagues reported Tuesday.

"Although it is not certain that these types of close contact were the source of transmission, family contacts should be aware that blood and body fluids of severely ill patients might be infectious," they wrote in a quick report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Experts examine whether virus can be passed on in sweat or tears after man appears to catch Zika at father’s bedside - by Sarah Boseley - September 29, 2016

Experts are investigating the possibility that the Zika virus can be passed on in sweat or tears, after the infection of a 38-year-old man in the US who appears to have caught the virus at his father’s hospital bedside.

Until now it was thought that Zika was only transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes and, in rare instances, via semen and from pregnant women to their foetuses.

A paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, recounts the case of a 38-year-old man in Utah that appears to challenge the assumption.


CLICK HERE - New England Journal of Medicine - Fatal Zika Virus Infection with Secondary Nonsexual Transmission

ALSO SEE RELATED ARTICLE HERE - STAT - First Zika death in the US was indeed caused by the virus, officials say

ALSO SEE RELATED ARTICLE HERE - The Atlantic - The First Documented Case of Zika Spread by Physical Contact

CLICK HERE - Emerging Infectious Diseases - Zika Virus Infection in Patient with No Known Risk Factors, Utah, USA, 2016 - by Stephanie Soucheray - July 12, 2017

The source of infection for a Utah man who became ill with Zika virus after caring for another patient last summer remains a mystery, but person-to-person transmission is the most likely culprit. New details surrounding the patient's case from investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their partners in Utah appear in latest issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases . . . 

 . . . a new study in the journal mBio describes how the Zika virus infects and invades human brain endothelial cells, which normally help protect neurons from viruses. This understanding could help explain why fetuses exposed to maternal Zika have so many congenital disorders, the most severe of which is microcephaly.


CLICK HERE - mBio - Zika Virus Persistently Infects and Is Basolaterally Released from Primary Human Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cells


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