Zika virus in Oregon


Update 2/10/16 4:50 p.m.

Grants Pass, Ore. — Josephine County Public Health confirmed Zika virus is not in the county.

Late last month they were investigating a pair of suspected cases in a mother and her infant in Josephine County. Those tests came back negative Wednesday.

Josephine County Public Health Medical Director David Candelaria said now that more people are aware of the virus, and getting tested, we could have more cases than we know.

“I don’t know if this is going to be the start of a whole bunch of people with Zika virus and all that can imply, or if it’s going to turn out that once in a while somebody comes back from Central America and they’re diagnosed with Zika and they do okay,” he said.

While the Oregon Health Authority announced a case of the mosquito born virus was found here in Oregon this year, they are not disclosing which county. The OHA said in a press release that the woman has recovered and there is no danger to the public.


Portland, Ore. – A person in Oregon has been diagnosed with a travel-associated Zika virus infection, according to the Oregon Health Authority. They say the adult woman contracted the virus outside the U.S. and has recovered.

OHA says there is no danger to the public.

Before this diagnosis, there have been three other Oregonians who have had travel-associated Zika since 2014, according to OHA. This is the first case of Zika in Oregon in 2016.

The Oregon Health Authority has scheduled a 1:00pm press conference on Wednesday.

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