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Pennsylvania IDs its first case of sexually transmitted Zika

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Health officials say they’ve identified the first person in Pennsylvania to get infected with the Zika virus through sex.

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. Scientists believe the species originated in Africa but came to the Americas on slave ships. It has continued to spread through shipping and airplanes. Now it's found through much of the world. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Health Secretary Karen Murphy said Thursday a state resident contracted the disease while traveling in an area where the virus is being transmitted. That person infected his or her partner when they had sex.

Murphy says people should practice safe sex, particularly when traveling where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus.

Pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant should get a doctor’s advice before travel to Zika transmission.

The state hasn’t seen a case of mosquito transmission so far, but officials are asking people to take steps to control the insect’s populations.

There have been more than 20 cases of sexual transmission of Zika so far across the United States.