2 Cases of Zika Confirmed in PA; DOH Says No Public Health Threat


The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Feb. 9, 2016, the first confirmed cases of Zika virus in two Pennsylvanians who recently traveled to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease.

“While we are concerned about the health of these individuals and any Pennsylvanian who may be exposed to Zika virus, we want to emphasize that these cases pose no threat to the public,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “We will continue to provide updated Zika guidance to health care professionals across the commonwealth to ensure they are aware of the symptoms associated with the disease and the protocols that should be followed to ensure testing of potentially infected individuals, if needed.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance regarding prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus on Feb. 5, 2016, as well as updated guidance for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak. Learn more about this guidance.

Pennsylvania physicians can stay up to date with the latest guidance and recommendations on the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Zika webpage. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) also has a Zika webpage on its website.