Health Care

Confirmed case of Zika identified in Florida

Florida's first local case of Zika in 2017 was confirmed in Manatee County on Thursday, the health department reported.

Health officials say a couple traveled to Cuba. Zika causes symptoms in one out of five infected people, including muscle aches, fever, a rash and red eyes.

So far in 2017, there have been 187 cases of Zika in Florida, with 154 of them being travel related.

There is no indication that there is an ongoing transmission of the Zika virus in the area. A test conducted this week showed evidence of a past Zika infection.

The health department notified mosquito control of the suspected case. Appropriate mosquito reduction efforts have been implemented and will continue. According to CDC guidance, this isolated case does not constitute a Zika zone. Condoms should be used to lower the chances of sexual transmission of the virus, and pregnant couples are advised to use them during the entire pregnancy.

For those who have traveled to areas with Zika, precautions should be made to avoid mosquito bites for at least three weeks upon returning home, the health department said. According to the Health Department If the department identifies an area where ongoing, active transmission of Zika is taking place, it will notify the public. The virus poses the greatest threat to regnant women, who are at greatest risk from Zika because the virus can cause birth defects and neurological problems in the fetus.

The department urges Floridians to take action around their home and business to reduce the mosquito population. Residents and visitors should also use mosquito repellent day and night to prevent mosquito bites.

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