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Locally transmitted Zika case found in Manatee County

Pinellas County officials examined this Aedes Aegypti mosquito in 2016 after someone in the county came down with Zika. This week, Manatee County officials announced that a case of locally transmitted Zika was found after a couple returned home from Cuba. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times] 


Pinellas County officials examined this Aedes Aegypti mosquito in 2016 after someone in the county came down with Zika. This week, Manatee County officials announced that a case of locally transmitted Zika was found after a couple returned home from Cuba. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

A locally transmitted case of Zika has been found in Manatee County, the Florida Department of Health said Thursday.

A couple who lives in Manatee County recently traveled to Cuba, which is where state officials believe one partner contracted the virus, according to a media release. The person, who began to experience Zika-like symptoms shortly after the trip, was likely bitten by a mosquito once the two were home, officials said. They said the same mosquito then bit and transmitted Zika to the other partner.

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This is an isolated case and there is no evidence of an ongoing, active transmission of Zika, the health department reported. Manatee County's mosquito control has been notified and frequent treatment for mosquitoes will continue.

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

"It is critical for people who recently traveled overseas to an area with Zika to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks after they return home," the health department said in a statement. "It is also important to reduce the chance of sexual transmission by using condoms."

Locally transmitted Zika case found in Manatee County 10/12/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:30pm]
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