First case of Zika virus reported in couple
Florida health officials on Thursday reported the state’s first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito.
The state’s Department of Health said 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.
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.