Locally transmitted Zika case found in Manatee County

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2017

Florida health officials are reporting the state's first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito.

The isolated case occurred in Manatee County, south of Tampa and St. Petersburg, after a local couple traveled to Cuba, the Florida Department of Health said in a statement.

There is no indication that there is an ongoing transmission of the Zika virus in the area. One partner was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika shortly after travel.

One of them contracted Zika while on the Caribbean island, and the other contracted the virus through a mosquito at home in Tallahassee. After investigating, officials found that a mosquito in Manatee County had bitten the infected person, which in turn bit the partner.

There have been a total of 187 cases of Zika in Florida so far this year, which stands in stark contrast to the 1,456 cases reported last year.

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). 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. However, health officials still warn Floridians to be diligent about removing standing water from around their homes and using mosquito repellents.

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