Locally transmitted Zika reported in Manatee County

Modesto Morganelli
Октября 12, 2017

A single case of locally transmitted Zika virus has been confirmed on Florida's west coast, according to the state's health department.

A person started feeling symptoms associated with Zika after returning from a trip to Cuba with their partner, the health department said, but they were not tested for the virus at the time. One partner was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika shortly after travel.

The traveler who is believed to have acquired Zika in Cuba was not tested for the virus while symptomatic, the health department said.

The health department said it alerted the county's mosquito control of the Zika case and that local officials had begun spraying and other reduction efforts.

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

It is critical for people who recently traveled overseas to an area with Zika to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks after they return home. The CDC has issued additional guidance related to sexual transmission and prevention.

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. According to the Health Department If the department identifies an area where ongoing, active transmission of Zika is taking place, it will notify the public. At Governor Scott's direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women. Residents and visitors should also use mosquito repellent day and night to prevent mosquito bites.

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