The First Zika Death in the Continental U.S.

Salt Lake County officials in Utah announced the death on Friday.

Ricardo Mazalan / AP


Updated at 4:13 p.m. EST

The first death caused by the Zika virus in the continental United States occurred in Salt Lake County, the country’s health department announced Friday.

In a press conference on Friday, Salt Lake County medical officials said they learned the deceased person was infected with the Zika virus after the death. Officials have yet to release more information.

There have been at least two women, one in Hawaii and one in New Jersey, infected with Zika who have given birth this year in the United States. The mosquito-borne disease is associated with birth defects in newborns including microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads.