Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Florida: Sexually transmitted Zika infection confirmed in Pinellas County, 1st of 2017

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Tracy Craig | 03 August, 2017, 01:07

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

The individual affected had not travelled recently, but that person's partner had recently visited Cuba and was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika.

Scientists have some interesting news about Zika: You're unlikely to get the virus from kissing or sharing utensils with someone.

There have now been 118 reported cases of Zika in Florida in 2017, 90 of which were travel related. "There is no evidence of ongoing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes in any area of Florida", FDOH says in a statement. Traps were set at five locations throughout the county in June searching for the Asian tiger mosquito, the species most known to carry the virus.

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

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The State Surgeon General has activated a 24-hour Zika hotline in Florida to answer questions and concerns. However, Zika has been found to cause devastating birth defects such as microcephaly.

In the new study, researchers infected monkeys with the strain of Zika virus that has been circulating in North and South America in recent years, and collected saliva from the infected ones.

The Department of Health confirmed a case in Pinellas County. The Texas case is also the first local case in any state this year.

Health officials said six patients who locally acquired the virus tested positive early this year, but were exposed to the infected mosquitoes at the end of 2016. This case study highlights the importance of using condoms during sexual intercourse after visiting a Zika-infected area in addition to using mosquito repellents and barriers.

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