Florida reports 1st locally acquired Zika case of year in Manatee County

Florida reports 1st locally acquired Zika case of year in Manatee County

A test conducted this week showed evidence of a past Zika infection linking that infection to the partner who was recently symptomatic and tested positive. Based on the details revealed through a thorough investigation, evidence suggests one partner acquired Zika while in Cuba, was bitten by a mosquito in or around their home, and that mosquito then bit and transmitted Zika to the other partner.

The Florida Department of Health has reported the first locally acquired Zika virus infection of 2017 in Manatee County. The insects can breed in as little water as a teaspoon, so it's important to clear all standing water. The health department said it will notify the public should it identify any areas of ongoing, active Zika transmission.

Mosquito control was contacted to spray in the area and will continue to do so.

"Mosquito born diseases are always a cause for concern but I don't think there is a particularly high risk at this part of the season for Collier County", said Dr. Mark Clifton, Director of Research for the Collier County Mosquito Control District.

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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.

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