The infection was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health officials said Thursday. The man, in his 30s, is recovering.

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Zika virus infection has been confirmed in a Snohomish County man who traveled to the Caribbean, bringing to 10 the total number of cases in Washington state.

The infection was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health officials said Thursday. The man, in his 30s, is recovering.

All the cases in the state so far have been detected in people who traveled to any of the more than 45 countries where Zika virus is spreading. Five cases have been detected in King County, with one case each in Chelan, Clallam, Cowlitz, Mason and now Snohomish counties.

Zika infections can cause devastating birth defectsand have been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Zika infections have been reported in 935 people in U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and in more than 2,000 people in U.S. territories, according to the CDC. Those figures include infections in 287 pregnant women in the continental U.S. and 250 women in U.S. territories.

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Zika virus is primarily spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, but it also is spread sexually. Men who are infected with Zika virus should follow CDC precautions to avoid infecting their partners, officials said.