First sexually transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Florida in 2017

Georgia Reed
August 3, 2017

In 2016 the National Institutes of Health conducted a saliva study after officials were concerned by a case of Zika transmission between an elderly man and his caretaker son in Utah that ruled out better-understood routes like mosquito bites or sexual activity.

The diagnosed person had not traveled, but recently, that person's partner traveled to Cuba and came back ill with symptoms associated with the mosquito-borne virus, according to a statement from the agency.

Most people do not need to get tested for Zika virus even if they traveled to a place affected by Zika, with exceptions.

FLDOH reminds to remember Zika can also be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active.

In a news release, the Florida Department of Health said mosquito control had been notified and the appropriate measures to reduce mosquito actives were being taken.

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So far this year in Florida, there have been 90 travel-related infections of the Zika virus.

The department says there is no evidence of transmission through mosquitoes taking place anywhere in Florida. Zika virus is among the viruses spead by the species.

The name and gender of the person infected with the virus have not been disclosed. This is the second confirmed sexually transmitted Zika case in the US. The only confirmed local cases all were associated with exposure to Zika past year, CBS/AP reported.

Most people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms when infected with Zika, but the virus has been linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects in babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy. This year, the first local case in the nation was confirmed in Texas in July.

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