Florida DOH confirms sexually transmitted case of Zika in Pinellas


Her partner had recently returned from Cuba and suffered symptoms consistent with Zika infection. The agency also encourages residents to dump out any standing water around their home where mosquitos that carry the Zika virus like to breed. The person's partner, who had not traveled, also tested positive.

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.

Mosquitoes are the main cause of Zika infection in people.

The name and gender of the person infected with the virus have not been disclosed.

In late 2015, the Caribbean confirmed its first case of the Zika virus, followed by a dramatic increase in 2016. Pregnant couples with recent travel to areas with active Zika transmission should consider using condoms for the duration of the pregnancy. Furthermore, Zika virus has been detected in the semen of men exposed to the virus in seven separate studies.

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The Florida Department of Health confirmed the finding Tuesday.

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. Ninety of the cases are travel-related infections.

In addition to trapping the mosquitoes, Kalamazoo County is identifying what type of insects it is capturing to the Centers for Disease Control and giving citizens information on preventing mosquito bites, diseases and habitat control.

Zika virus has been linked to serious birth defects, including microcephaly, when contracted by expectant mothers during pregnancy.