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Pinellas has Florida's first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017

Pinellas has Florida's first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017”

Last week, Texas public health authorities announced a case of Zika virus infection likely caused by a mosquito bite.

The case was confirmed in Pinellas County and involves a person whose partner had recently traveled to Cuba and was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika, Florida Department of Health officials said. The agency also encourages residents to dump out any standing water around their home where mosquitos that carry the Zika virus like to breed.

'If passing the virus by casual contact were easy, I think we would see a lot more of what we would call secondary transmission in a place like the United States, ' Dr Tom Friedrich, a virology professor at the university's School of Veterinary Medicine, said.

Despite that, health officials have notified mosquito control and say they are conducting "mosquito reduction activities". "It is important 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".

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These categories are not mutually exclusive and can not be added together. "It is critical for people who recently traveled overseas to an area with Zika to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks after they return home", the department says. CDC has issued additional guidance related to sexual transmission and prevention. After infection, the Zika virus is present in blood and saliva for up to about two weeks, but it remains in bodily fluids like breast milk for weeks and semen for months.

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

The Department of Health confirmed a case in Pinellas County.

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