Sexually transmitted Zika reported in SC for first time

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — State health officials say the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus has been reported in South Carolina.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control health officials tell news outlets that there are now six Zika cases in the state.

Zika is primarily spread by mosquito bites, and transmission through sex is considered rare. Scientific research has found the virus causes severe birth defects.

A man with Zika can pass it to a sexual partner before, during or after symptoms appear.

As of June 22, the Centers for Disease Control said 11 of the 820 Zika cases that have been reported in the U.S. were sexually transmitted.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says no mosquitoes in the state have been found to carry the Zika virus at this time.

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