Zika Virus Expected To Rise In August, Pregnant Women Warned Of Danger

Toni Houston
August 3, 2017

"Today the Florida Department of Health is announcing that the first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017 has been confirmed in Pinellas County", the statement said on Tuesday.

The person hadn't traveled recently, but their partner recently went to Cuba and was sick with symptoms consistent with Zika.

Officials said the couple tested positive for Zika.

Mosquito control is responding to the neighborhood.

The Florida Health Department also issued a notice saying that there is no evidence of ongoing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes in any area of Florida.

Scientists believe that mosquito bites are the source of most Zika virus infections in people. An additional 28 Zika infections with exposure in 2016 but tested this year also have been reported, including six locally acquired cases and 22 with undetermined exposure.

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.

The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is participating in a mosquito surveillance program to ensure insects carrying the virus aren't in West Michigan.

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

The majority of the 118 reported cases of Zika infection in Florida during 2017 have been related to travel to infected areas. It is also important to reduce the chance of sexual transmission by using condoms.

According to CDC guidance, health care providers should screen all pregnant women in the United States for possible Zika exposure and symptoms at each prenatal care visit.

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