>> In the latest twist of the Zika virus transmission, the caretaker of a Utah man has contracted the virus. The man became the first person in continental US to die after being infected with the Zika virus. The two people did not have sexual contact and the caretaker hasn't traveled to any Zika-infested areas.
Utah officials are still investigating how the person became infected. Reuters health editor, Michele Gershberg.>> The main suspicion lies in close contact that because this person was taking care of a very sick patient and may have been in contact with bodily fluids, all of which are known to carry Zika virus, such as saliva or urine or blood.
But they may have contracted the virus themselves, whether through a cut on the skin or some kind of infection.>> But this transmission of Zika opens up questions about how to deal with Zika cases or even suspected cases.>> In this particular instance, the caregiver did not know that the patient they were caring for had Zika.
So we have to think about what kind of extra measures do we need to take any time we know someone has been in an area with Zika transmission.>> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that testing showed extremely high levels of virus in the deceased man's blood which were more than a hundred thousand times higher than seen in other samples of infected people.
According to the CDC, as of July 13, there were 1,306 cases of Zika reported in the continental US and Hawaii. None of these have been caused by bites from local mosquitoes.