NEW YORK — The latest medical information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the first cases of the virus have been reported in the United States.
The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Preventive Services confirmed Wednesday that at least five people who tested positive for Zika have died from the virus in the past month, citing new cases from the region.
The agency said the five confirmed cases represent more than 1% of the total cases reported in January.
That represents a significant increase from the 5 cases in January of the same month, according to the agency.
The agency did not identify the new cases.
It also said at least one case was confirmed from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
The CDC said that while the virus can be transmitted from person to person through sexual contact, the CDC recommends that people avoid close contact with infected people.
The disease is spreading through a mosquito-borne strain of Zika, which was first identified in the northeastern United States in late January.
The U.N. has said more than 200,000 people have been infected and more than 100,000 have died.
The virus was first detected in Puerto Rico in late February, and by the beginning of March, the virus had been detected in the continental U..
S., Puerto Rico and the U.K.
The United States has not reported any new cases of Zika since the end of March.