Health officials report first sexually transmitted Zika case
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.