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New Information Emerges in Utah Zika Case

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The Centers for Disease Control is investigating the link between the Zika-related death of an elderly Utah resident in late June and a new case found in a member of the victim’s family. The CDC reports the deceased man, of Salt Lake County, had traveled to an area with Zika and had “uniquely high” amounts of the virus in his blood. However, the second person, who has completely recovered, did not travel to a Zika-infested area and reportedly did not have sex with anyone infected. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the person provided care for the elderly patient. The CDC called the new case “a surprise” but said non-sexual person-to-person transmission appears to be very rare.

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