First sexually transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Georgia

First sexually transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed the first sexually transmitted case of the Zika virus in Georgia Friday afternoon.

According to a release, a woman was infected by her male partner.

Her partner traveled to Brazil earlier this year and was one of Georgia's confirmed travel-related cases.

The woman had not traveled out of the country.

Both the woman and her partner have fully recovered.

According to officials, a man infected with the Zika can pass the virus to a partner before, during and after symptoms appear.

At this time, officials said there is no evidence that women can transmit the virus to their partners.

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"If your partner has traveled to an area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, protecting yourself by abstaining from sex or using condoms during sex is the best way to prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus," said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health. "Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infection."

Officials said there have been 17 confirmed travel-related cases of the Zika virus in Georgia.

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