US Florida reports 1st locally transmitted Zika case in 2017

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/13 9:47:40

Florida, a state in the southeastern corner of the United States, on Thursday reported its first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a mosquito.

Florida's Department of Health said in a statement that the locally transmitted case has been confirmed in the state's Manatee County and was linked to a couple who recently traveled to Cuba.

"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 statement said.

The department said that there is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika in the state.

A total of 187 cases of Zika have been reported in Florida this year, but nearly all are travel-associated infections.

Zika spreads to people primarily through mosquito bites, and it can also be spread sexually.

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