RT America: Florida's 1st sexual transmission of virus in 2017

Bryan Strickland
August 3, 2017

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

Kalamazoo County is keeping an eye out for mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus until the end of summer.

FLDOH reminds to remember Zika can also be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active. "The department notified mosquito control, and appropriate mosquito reduction activities are taking place", the Department of Health said.

So far this year, there have been 118 cases of Zika reported in Florida. There is no evidence of mosquito transmission of Zika virus having occurred anywhere in Florida.

The virus can also be spread by sexual intercourse, but it has been unclear whether the saliva of an infected person posed a danger.

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On Tuesday, officials with the Florida Department of Health confirmed the case was in Pinellas County. This is the second confirmed sexually transmitted Zika case in the US.

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.

In better Tampa Bay health news, Florida's Department of Health issued two licenses for medical marijuana growing in Ruskin. Ninety of the cases are travel-related infections.

There were even several cases of residents in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami acquiring Zika from local mosquitoes.

Most people only suffer mild symptoms when infected with Zika, but the virus has been linked to catastrophic birth defects in babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy.

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