Health of­fi­cials re­port first sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted Zika case

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Laura Kelly

The Florida De­part­ment of Health has an­nounced the state’s first sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted case of Zika virus but stressed that no trans­mis­sion of Zika via mos­quito has oc­curred.

Two per­sons tested pos­i­tive for the Zika virus, but it is be­lieved one con­tracted the virus in Cuba and passed it to the other via sex­ual trans­mis­sion, state health of­fi­cials DOH said Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Health De­part­ment, 118 cases of Zika have been re­ported this year in Florida.

In April, the Florida De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices an­nounced that no mos­qui­toes in the state tested pos­i­tive for Zika.

Zika is trans­mit­ted to hu­mans via the bite of an in­fected Aedes mos­quito or via sex­ual con­tact with an in­fected per­son. The virus is es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous for preg­nant women, which can re­sult in birth de­fects in­clud­ing pre-term la­bor and ab­nor­mal brain growth.

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