Searching for mosquitoes carrying Zika virus

First case of sexually transmitted Zika in Florida confirmed by Florida Health Department

The first case of sexually transmitted Zika has been confirmed in Pinellas County, the Florida Department of Health announced on Tuesday.

The infected individual's partner recently traveled out of the country to Cuba and was sick with Zika-like symptoms. As per reports, the patient and the partner, both have tested positive for the deadly virus.

Mosquito control is responding to the neighborhood.

To date in 2017, Florida has reported a total of 118 Zika virus cases, including 6 locally acquired infections exposed in 2016, tested in 2017.

Health officials said the state has not had any cases of the virus being spread through mosquitoes in 2017. Saliva just doesn't provide a good environment for the Zika virus, the researchers said.

First case of sexually transmitted Zika in Florida confirmed by Florida Health Department

The Zika virus is most commonly transmitted via infected mosquitoes, but in rare cases has been transmitted through sexual contact.

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which are found throughout much of the Americas and are also responsible for the transmission of dengue fever and chikungunya fever.

In addition to trapping the mosquitoes, Kalamazoo County is identifying what type of insects it is capturing to the Centers for Disease Control and giving citizens information on preventing mosquito bites, diseases and habitat control. The Zika virus can cause mild symptoms in those it infects, but it's especially risky to unborn fetuses by causing microcephaly, a birth defect in babies associated with neurological disorders and an underdeveloped head.

In better Tampa Bay health news, Florida's Department of Health issued two licenses for medical marijuana growing in Ruskin. The majority of the cases were travel related and occurred in 2016.




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