Confirmed case of Zika identified in Florida

Henrietta Strickland
October 13, 2017

A locally transmitted case of Zika has been reported in Manatee County, making it the first of 2017, the Florida Department of Health reported.

The isolated case occurred in Manatee County, south of Tampa and St. Petersburg, after a local couple traveled to Cuba, the Florida Department of Health said in a statement. Zika causes symptoms in one out of five infected people, including muscle aches, fever, a rash and red eyes.

Florida reported 296 locally acquired Zika infections past year.

The state's 2017 Zika count includes one case transmitted through sex, and 32 cases where epidemiologists could not determine the source of infection. 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.

Mosquito control was contacted to spray in the area and will continue to do so. Pregnant couples with recent travel to areas with active Zika transmission should consider using condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.

Florida Department of Health says it's important to remember Zika can be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active. The virus poses the greatest threat to regnant women, who are at greatest risk from Zika because the virus can cause birth defects and neurological problems in the fetus. Additional CDC guidance on screening and testing can be found here.

The health department also urged Floridians to help reduce mosquito populations near their homes and businesses by draining standing water and using repellents.

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