Florida reports 1st sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017

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As per the Florida Health Department, there's no evidence of mosquitoes transmitting Zika in Florida and a vast majority of the 118 Zika cases reported in Florida this year have been linked to those who travelled outside the state.

The individual affected had not travelled recently, but that person's partner had recently visited Cuba and was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika. As per reports, the patient and the partner, both have tested positive for the deadly virus.

In response to this case, appropriate mosquito reduction activities have been initiated.

One hundred eighteen cases of Zika have been reported in Florida in 2017, according to the Florida Department of health.

Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr James Hospedales warned last month that although the number of cases of Zika has significantly declined from the outbreak of 2016, there is still need for continued vigilance and action on mosquito borne diseases, which pose a health security threat, a tourism threat, and an economic threat.

Zika can be spread from person to person through sexual intercourse, but it's been unclear whether the saliva of an infected person poses a threat to others. The only confirmed local cases all were associated with exposure to Zika past year, CBS/AP reported. Pregnant couples with recent travel to areas with active Zika transmission should consider using condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.

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Saliva just doesn't provide a good environment for the Zika virus, the researchers said.

The Florida Department of Health announced in a statement Tuesday that the case was reported in Pinellas County. The case is classified as travel related.

Cuba is now listed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the countries with a Zika travel risk.

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

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which are found throughout much of the Americas and are also responsible for the transmission of dengue fever and chikungunya fever.