Zika patient treated and released from SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

    Stacy Smith, SEARHC Public Relations Specialist, says the patient has returned home, and there is no chance the virus can affect the Sitka community.

    A non-Alaskan resident in Sitka has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

    The man had  recently traveled to Central America and visited SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

    Stacy Smith, SEARHC Public Relations Specialist, says the patient has returned home, and there is no chance the virus can affect the Sitka community.

    Smith explained, "It is important to note that the Zika virus is a disease transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Those infected can only transmit it to others through sexual activity or intravenous drug use."

    She emphasized staff have thoroughly disinfected the very limited area of the hospital in which the patient was treated and have taken all infection control precautions necessary to secure patient safety and environment of care for all staff and patients at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

    Registered Nurse Katy Pugh is an Infection Prevention Specialist at SEARHC. She explains further in this audio clip:

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