State health officials say there are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time but health officials continue to watch out for more.
Commenting on the news, Jimmy Whitworth, professor of global public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "News that one case of sexual transmission of Zika has occurred in the United Kingdom is not unexpected". But Van Deusen said the most likely scenario is that someone who got infected in an area where Zika is widespread traveled to South Texas and was bitten by a mosquito, which later bit the woman.
Most cases of Zika, which causes babies to be born with shrunken heads, are transmitted by mosquito.
Zika virus started spreading through the United States rapidly past year. We've always known that Zika could be sexually transmitted, but the fears at the beginning of the current outbreak that Zika could sustain epidemics by sexual transmission alone, and therefore spread globally, now seem to be unjustified.
"It is important to remember that the main risk relates to travellers to countries classified as high or moderate risk for Zika infection".
"It will take all of us working together, responding to these public health issues", she said, lauding the efforts of physicians, medical groups, hospitals and health systems to identify Zika cases and educate patients. Laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika in pregnant women stand at 170. "Texas is doing the right thing by increasing local surveillance and trapping and testing mosquitoes in the Brownsville area".
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'Public Health England's updated advice is also welcome.
To date this year, 531 cases, or 66 percent, have been reported in women and 270 cases, or 33 percent, have been reported in men.
The mosquito-borne disease is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, which results in the birth of children with abnormally small heads and brain damage.
There were no additional cases of suspected local transmission as of November 28, but health officials from Cameron County, the Texas DSHS and the CDC plan to continue disease surveillance activities. The virus causes only mild symptoms in most cases, including fever, sore eyes and a rash. Florida has had 173 cases involving pregnant women, according to the Department of Health website. Zika is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, though sexual transmission can occur.
Prior to this, Florida was the only state in the USA to report a locally transmitted infection of the Zika virus.
The major issue with combating the Zika virus, he said, was still the publics reluctance to clean their surroundings.
By lifting its declaration, the health agency basically acknowledged Zika was going to stick around.