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Florida Reports First 2017 Zika Virus Transmission

Cris De Lacerda | 13 Octubre, 2017, 10:36

Evidence from a later investigation suggested that after that partner acquired Zika in Cuba, a mosquito in or near their home bit the infected partner and then later bit and transmitted the virus to the other partner, the health department said. A test conducted this week showed evidence of a past Zika infection linking that infection to the partner who was recently symptomatic and tested positive. If a Zika zone was established, which it has not, the health department would specify the location. The virus also can be transmitted sexually. It was not clear exactly where the infection occurred, due to patient confidentiality, the health department said.

As the nights get cooler the mosquito population will decline but until then, mosquito control is keeping a close eye on the dwindling numbers.

Florida health officials are reporting the state's first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito.

So far in 2017, there have been 187 cases of Zika in Florida, with 154 of them being travel related.

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The health department has notified mosquito control, which will take measures to reduce the number of mosquitoes in the Manatee County area.

All county health departments provide to pregnant women free Zika risk assessment and testing.