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First zika-related death in Continental U.S.

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>> The CDC confirming the first Zika-related death in the continental United States on Friday. Health officials said that an unidentified Utah resident who had been infected with the virus while traveling died last month. Doctors say it may not be possible to determine how the Zika infection contributed to the elderly patient's death since the person also had an underlying health condition.
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The virus is not believed to be deadly in most cases. But back in February, the CDC confirmed one death from Zika complications in Puerto Rico. Zika is usually known to cause mild illness with symptoms which can last up to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
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Health officials are most concerned about Zika infections in pregnant women because the virus can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in newborns. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.