First sexually transmitted case of Zika virus in San Diego County confirmed by health officials

A woman contracted the disease last month after being intimate with a man who acquired the virus during a trip to Colombia, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

Both the man and woman fully recovered from the disease, which usually has only mild health effects, but is suspected to be the cause of severe birth defects in South America.

The San Diego-area woman was not pregnant.

“Travelers to countries where Zika is present should protect themselves from mosquito bites while they are abroad and prevent sexual transmission when they return,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.

“Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infections.”

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