Florida DOH confirms sexually transmitted case of Zika in Pinellas

Tabitha Dunn
August 3, 2017

Florida has confirmed the state's first sexually transmitted case of Zika for this year, health officials said.

The person hadn't traveled recently, but their partner recently went to Cuba and was sick with symptoms consistent with Zika.

The Health Department said there was no evidence that the Zika virus is being transmitted through mosquitoes in the state.

The health department has been in touch with mosquito control, and says mosquito reduction activities are taking place.

A total of 1,456 cases of Zika were reported in the USA in 2016, with 1,100 being travel related, 285 being locally acquired and the rest being undetermined in source, according to Florida health officials.

Zika has been a new addition to the viruses that have had disastrous impact on the human population.

The name and sex of the person infected were not disclosed.

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In 2016, hundreds of cases of Zika were reported in the United States causing a stir for doctors and pregnant women.

The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is participating in a mosquito surveillance program to ensure insects carrying the virus aren't in West Michigan.

Cuba is now listed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the countries with a Zika travel risk.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may not be as big a threat now as it was this time a year ago, but the Ministry of Health in Jamaica is still on guard. The majority of the cases were travel related and occurred in 2016.

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which are found throughout much of the Americas and are also responsible for the transmission of dengue fever and chikungunya fever.

August is the second most popular month to take off for a vacation, and the city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOH) is reminding traveling vacationers that the Zika virus is still a risk to women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

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