First sexually transmitted case of Zika in Florida reported for 2017

Brandon Parsons
August 3, 2017

Florida is reporting the state's first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus this year.

Officials said the individual did not travel, but their partner recently traveled to Cuba and had symptoms consisted with the Zika virus.

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

In a news release, the Florida Department of Health said mosquito control had been notified and the appropriate measures to reduce mosquito actives were being taken.

According to the health department, there have been 118 cases of Zika reported in Florida this year. There is no evidence of mosquito transmission of Zika virus having occurred anywhere in Florida.

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

Cuba is now listed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the countries with a Zika travel risk.

In 2016, hundreds of cases of Zika were reported in the U.S. causing a stir for doctors and pregnant women. Furthermore, Zika virus has been detected in the semen of men exposed to the virus in seven separate studies. This is the second confirmed sexually transmitted Zika case in the US. Reported cases of the virus have been from people who have traveled to impacted areas.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed the finding Tuesday. The majority of the cases were travel related and occurred in 2016.

The virus has been linked to serious birth defects, including microcephaly. 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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