A Canadian man has died after contracting the potentially fatal infection that was first reported in Texas.
The man, who had traveled to Texas from Quebec in February, was diagnosed with the bacterial skin-and-hair-raking virus in Texas in February and died shortly thereafter.
The Associated Press reported that the man, whose name was not released by the health authority, had been working as a lab technician in an office in the Houston suburb of Pearland.
Officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services, which oversees the state’s health department, said Tuesday that the cause of death was an unknown, but that it appeared to be a bacterial skin rash caused from a different outbreak of a similar virus, and that a worker was isolated from the lab for further testing.
The state health department has said that it has found no new cases of the virus in the state, which is home to more than 4 million people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health agencies have not reported any new cases.
The virus was first discovered in the United States in a Texas lab in 2015, but it has since spread to at least two other states.