Florida confirms sexually transmitted Zika case, first of 2017

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Florida now has its first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017, health officials said Tuesday.

Officials said that while the individual had not traveled, their partner recently traveled to Cuba and had symptoms consistent with Zika.

Health officials are asking everyone to take precautions if you or your partner have traveled to any location where Zika is active.

Mosquito control is responding to the neighborhood.

Ninety cases of travel-related Zika have been reported in the state thus far this year, and 81 women with lab evidence of Zika.

Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection.

The Zika virus is most commonly transmitted via infected mosquitoes, but in rare cases has been transmitted through sexual contact. "But we're not seeing clinically apparent spread of Zika throughout the continental USA without the presence of the mosquitoes that carry the virus and our study helps to put into context some of the transmission risk".

Florida's first sexually transmitted Zika infection of 2017 has been discovered, bringing the statewide number of cases to 90. Furthermore, Zika virus has been detected in the semen of men exposed to the virus in seven separate studies. At Gov. Rick Scotts direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

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.

Last week, Texas health officials reported a Zika infection likely contracted through a mosquito bite in recent months.

The National Institutes of Health started a phase II trial of a Zika vaccine in March with thousands of human participants in the U.S. Scientists hope to complete the study by 2019. However, Zika has been found to cause devastating birth defects such as microcephaly.

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