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Florida confirms 1st local Zika infection for 2017

Federico Mansilla | Octubre 13, 2017, 10:38

Based on the details revealed through a thorough investigation, evidence suggests one partner acquired Zika while in Cuba, was bitten by a mosquito in or around their home, and that mosquito then bit and transmitted Zika to the other partner.

"We will test any mosquitoes that we find, we have an in house lab that is capable of viral testing, to look for the possibility there is virus in the mosquito population, to try and head off any local transmission", said Clifton.

This case of Zika does not meet the requirements to establish a Zika zone, according to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Condoms should be used to lower the chances of sexual transmission of the virus, and pregnant couples are advised to use them during the entire pregnancy.

A locally transmitted case of Zika has been reported in Manatee County, making it the first of 2017, the Florida Department of Health reported. It was not clear exactly where the infection occurred, due to patient confidentiality, the health department said. One partner was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika shortly after travel.

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

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