Utah Caregiver Reportedly Contracted Zika Virus
July 20, 2016 04:24 PM
According to a report this week by the Associated Press, an individual in Utah who provided care to a Zika-infected family member has contracted the Zika virus, though it is unclear at this point how the individual in fact contracted the virus.
“The new case in Utah is a surprise, showing that we still have more to learn about Zika,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention medical epidemiologist Dr. Erin Staples said, according to the Associated Press.
A subsequent report by Reuters stated that the CDC is investigating the case. “We are still doing a lot of investigation to understand whether Zika can be spread person-to-person through contact with a sick person,” said Dr. Satish Pillai of the CDC, who Reuters reported is investigating the case.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has previously reported on federal guidance available to health care providers pertaining to Zika, including CDC guidance on protecting health care workers (see previous NAHC Report coverage available here) and Medicaid resources available for the prevention of and response to Zika (see previous NAHC Report coverage available here).
NAHC Reportwill continue to provide coverage on any updates to the currently available federal resources with regards to Zika, as well as further information on this specific case should more details become available.