California's first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus confirmed

- California's first confirmed case of the Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission has been reported in the San Diego area, health officials announced Friday.

A woman contracted the disease in February after being intimate with a man who acquired the Zika virus during a trip to Colombia, FOX 5 San Diego reports.

The woman who was infected was not pregnant and had not traveled out of the country, health officials said.

She and her partner have both fully recovered. 

A man infected with Zika virus can spread it to his sexual partners, but it is not known for how long after the infection a man can continue to spread the virus.

Officials said there is no evidence that women can transmit Zika virus to their sexual partners.

Most people infected with Zika virus will not develop symptoms. If symptoms do develop, they are usually mild and include fever, rash, joint pain and eye redness. 

The California Department of Public Health recommends that if men have traveled to an area where Zika virus is circulating, they abstain from sex or diligently use condoms with a partner who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

To date, there have been 22 travel-associated cases of Zika virus reported in California in 2015 to 2016. There have been no local mosquito-borne transmissions of Zika virus in California, officials said.

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