1st locally acquired Zika case confirmed in Chile
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. On Friday, Feb. 26, 2015, the U.S. government said Zika infections have been confirmed in nine pregnant women in the United States. All got the virus overseas. Three babies have been born, one with a brain defect. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016 2:46PM EDT
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chilean health officials say they've registered the first locally acquired case of the Zika virus, which was sexually transmitted within the country.
The Health Ministry said in a statement Saturday that a 46-year-old woman got Zika inside Chile having unprotected sex. Her partner recently returned from a visit to Haiti, where he was infected with the virus.
The mosquito Aedes Aegypti that transmits Zika and other viruses including dengue is not present in Chilean continental areas. There previously were 10 confirmed cases of Zika in Chile contracted during travels abroad.
Chile's health authorities recommend protected sex for four weeks for people returning from areas where Zika exists.
Aedes Aegypti has been detected in the Easter Island territory, in the Pacific Ocean more than 2,100 miles from Chile's mainland.