(Gillette, Wyo.) Last week a case of Zika was confirmed in Teton County
. The patient diagnosed there was
not a permanent resident of the Jackson area. Unfortunately that means
Campbell County now has the dubious honor of being the first county in
Wyoming with a confirmed Zika case in one of their residents.
This afternoon the Wyoming Department of Health confirmed that a Campbell
County woman who had traveled to a country with known Zika transmission has
contracted the disease.
"Most states have already reported travel-related Zika illnesses. It is no
surprise for this to also happen to someone from Wyoming," said Dr. Tracy
Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.
Zika virus is spread to people mostly through bites of certain types of
mosquitoes not known to be found in Wyoming. Murphy said the biggest
concern related to Zika virus is that it can be passed to babies during
pregnancy and has strong links to a serious, brain-related birth defect
known as microcephaly. The Campbell County woman diagnosed is not pregnant.
"Folks should consider Zika when planning travel to affected areas, but the
discovery of the illness in a Wyoming resident does not mean an increased
risk in our state and does not change our recommendations," Murphy said.
As a refresher, those recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) include:
- Pregnant women should not travel to the newly identified area in
Florida or other Zika-affected locations.
- Sexual partners of pregnant women who live in or who have traveled to
an affected area should consistently and correctly use condoms or other
barriers against infection during sex or abstain from sex during the
- All pregnant women who live in or travel to an area with active Zika
virus transmission, or who have sex with a partner who lives in or traveled
to an area with active Zika virus transmission without using condoms or
other barrier methods to prevent infection should be assessed for possible
Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit and tested according to
- Women and men who traveled to this area should wait at least 8 weeks
before trying for a pregnancy; men with Zika symptoms should wait at least
- Anyone with possible exposure to Zika virus and symptoms of Zika
should be tested.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain
and red eyes. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several
days to a week.