Zika virus sexually transmitted in Florida, officials say

Zika virus sexually transmitted in Florida, officials say

"The guidelines from previous year, included testing every single person who had symptoms of course and who could've been exposed, but also testing any pregnant women who might've had an exposure, even if they had no symptoms at all", said Acting State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris.

The person was ill and tested positive for Zika.

The health department has been in touch with mosquito control, and says mosquito reduction activities are taking place. "If the department identifies an area where ongoing transmission of Zika is taking place, we will notify the public immediately".

There have now been 118 reported cases of Zika in Florida in 2017, 90 of which were travel related.

Officials warn people to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of areas with Zika before they travel.

Health officials said the state has not had any cases of the virus being spread through mosquitoes in 2017. The partner started showing symptoms consistent with Zika. The Florida Health Department says Zika can remain in semen for extended periods of time.

"For other states, particularly here in the south where we have mosquito populations where this is some risk of local transmission". Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon of water so it is critical to drain all sources of standing water to keep mosquitoes from multiplying.



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