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Two New Cases of Zika Reported in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- Public health officials in Delaware say two new cases of Zika infection have been confirmed in two New Castle County men who had traveled abroad, bringing the number of total cases in the state to seven. 
    
The Division of Public Health said in a news release Thursday that all of the Zika positive test results are due to a mosquito bite while traveling abroad and none involve a pregnancy.  Both men were tested in June following recent travel, health officials said. Zika is spread primarily through mosquito bite but can also be sexually transmitted from male to female or passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy.

Health officials said a total of 120 individuals have been, or are in the process of being, tested in Delaware. At this time, there are 95 negative results, seven positive results, and two indeterminate results in pregnant females, they said. Indeterminate means that it is not possible to definitively confirm the existence of the Zika virus in the human body. Health officials said both individuals with indeterminate results were traveling or living abroad this past winter. According to the CDC, there are 820 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Unites States and District of Columbia. 

As of June 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there is still no confirmed transmission of Zika by local mosquito bite in the continental U.S.

“DPH has chosen to take nothing that could be Zika-related for granted,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “There has been no transmission of Zika via mosquito in the continental U.S., but it is almost inevitable in the future. We have to take every opportunity to remind people to prevent mosquito bites and to use condoms with a male partner who recently traveled to an affected area or has tested positive for the disease.”

Added DPH Medical Director Dr. Awele Maduka-Ezeh, “We can also understand that a Zika result categorized as ‘indeterminate’ could cause concern. It simply means that there was evidence of infection with a virus in the same 'family' as Zika virus, but the specific virus cannot be determined. This may occur if several weeks have passed between when the person got the infection and when the test was done. It may also occur if the person has been infected (recently or a long time ago) with a virus in the same family as Zika.”

DPH recently announced new Zika public education materials targeting pregnant women and their male partners, including offering Zika prevention kits to pregnant women. The kits will be distributed at Delaware Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics and other locations. Recommended by the CDC, the kit contains mosquito repellent, condoms, thermometers, and informational brochures. DPH will also be offering updated information and links to educational materials, which can be found at: dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/zika.html.

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