As reported by the L.A. Daily News:
Zika continues to affect Californians as another 19 people have tested positive for the virus, though none of them contracted it locally, state health officials announced Friday.
The tally has reached 189 cases of travel related Zika this week, including one person from the City of Long Beach. San Bernardino County began the month with 7 cases. There are now 30 reported.
The new figures were released the same day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued revised guidelines that recommend all blood donations be tested for Zika.
“There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in a statement. “At this time, the recommendation for testing the entire blood supply will help ensure that safe blood is available for all individuals who might need transfusion.”
California health officials last week urged travelers returning home from the Olympics, as well as countries where Zika is spreading, to continue to wear insect repellent and to practice safe sex for several more weeks to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Golden State. While Zika is spread primarily through the bite of the black-and-white-striped Aedes mosquito, the virus also can be passed through sex, health officials said, and babies born to mothers who are infected have a greater chance of having birth defects. Two women in California gave birth to two babies with microcephaly, a condition in which a child’s head is significantly smaller than expected. …