First case of Zika virus re­ported in cou­ple

The Washington Post - - NEWS -

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.

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