Florida officials confirms first Zika virus sexually transmitted case in 2017

Image courtesy OneBlood

In the current case, a woman in Pinellas County, Florida, who had not travelled from Florida, tested positive for Zika virus.

Mosquito control is responding to the neighborhood.

The first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in 2017 was reported yesterday by The Florida Department of Health.

The Florida Department of Health made the announcement on Tuesday, and stressed that there is no evidence of Zika transmission through mosquitoes taking place anywhere in Florida.

Much is still unknown about Zika fever - a relative of dengue, West Nile viruses and yellow fever.

If you traveled to an area with Zika, you could have become infected and not know it, and you could spread the virus in your community if you do not take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites or sexual transmission after you return home. The Bronx has the most travel-related Zika cases with 29 reported through July 21 this year and 342 in 2016, followed by Brooklyn, with 22 and 265, Manhattan, with 25 and 199, and Staten Island, with 1 and 9.

Zika can persist in semen over extended periods of time. However, Zika has been found to cause devastating birth defects such as microcephaly.

Zika virus can also be transmitted from mother to child.

"But we're not seeing clinically apparent spread of Zika throughout the continental USA without the presence of the mosquitoes that carry the virus, and our study helps to put into context some of the transmission risk", he added in a university news release.

Last week, Texas health officials reported a Zika infection that likely occurred from a mosquito bite in recent months. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika is also affecting parts of Central and South America, Mexico, the Carribean, and parts of the United States.

Related news: