New Hampshire Officials Confirm State's First Case of Zika

Mar 1, 2016

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State officials have confirmed the first case of Zika virus in New Hampshire.

A New Hampshire woman got Zika from having sex with a partner who had traveled to a country where the virus is being transmitted by mosquitos. The state says she's now in good health.

Still, officials are reminding people of Zika's potential danger to pregnant women because the virus is feared to cause birth defects.

"Pregnant women and non-pregnant women alike need to take certain precautions," says Dr. Ben Chan, the state's epidemiologist, "especially if they or their male sexual partners travel."

Those precautions include avoiding traveling to places with Zika-transmitting mosquitos, and avoiding unprotected sex with male partners who travel to those areas.