Flor­ida gets its first 2017 case

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL -

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE — Flor­ida health of­fi­cials are re­port­ing the state’s first case this year of the Zika virus trans­mit­ted by a lo­cal mos­quito.

Flor­ida’s Depart­ment of Health said Thurs­day a Man­a­tee County cou­ple trav­eled to Cuba, and one of them con­tracted Zika while on the Caribbean is­land and was bit­ten by a mos­quito af­ter re­turn­ing home.

That mos­quito then bit and trans­mit­ted the virus to the other part­ner. Of­fi­cials wouldn’t iden­tify the sex of the cou­ple, cit­ing pri­vacy laws.

Of­fi­cials say there’s no ev­i­dence of on­go­ing, ac­tive trans­mis­sion along Flor­ida’s Gulf coast, or any­where in the state.

Flor­ida re­ported 296 lo­cally ac­quired Zika in­fec­tions last year.

Zika causes rel­a­tively mild symp­toms in most adults but can cause se­vere birth de­fects in ba­bies of some women in­fected dur­ing preg­nancy. The virus also can be trans­mit­ted sex­u­ally.

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