COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The state's Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed the state's first case of Zika transmitted sexually.
The total number of cases of Zika diagnosed in the Palmetto State is now six, according to DHEC's website.
All of the cases are classified as "travel-associated," and the sexually-transmitted case was one in which a South Carolina resident had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad.
No pregnant women in South Carolina have been diagnosed with a Zika infection, the site notes.
The Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of some Aedes mosquitoes, but can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth, as well as sexually or through blood transfusion, the site states.
Only about one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill.
DHEC advises residents to prevent mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:
Precautions to avoid mosquito bites can help to prevent Zika virus infection where transmission is occurring as well as all mosquito-borne illnesses. Avoid mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:
- Use insect repellents.
- Ensure screens are placed over windows.
- Wear long-sleeves and pants or permethrin-treated clothes.
- Empty any items that can hold water both inside and outside dwellings at least once a week. These items include tires, buckets, toys, and trash containers.
The agency has prepared a handout for travelers to help prevent mosquitos. You can see that handout here.