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Sexual transmission of Zika virus reported in Florida

03 August 2017, 01:07 | Lucy Hill

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The first sexually transmitted case of the Zika virus for this year has been reported in Pinellas County, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday. They also mentioned that both individuals were already tested positive for Zika.

In response to this case, appropriate mosquito reduction activities have been initiated.

The health officials of the southeasternmost USA state have announced that the total number of Zika viruses in Florida this year is up to 118.

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There is no evidence of the virus being transmitted through mosquitos in the state, officials said.

Much is still unknown about Zika fever - a relative of dengue, West Nile viruses and yellow fever. There are little to no symptoms and the virus can be transmitted sexually from an infected person. The only confirmed local cases all were associated with exposure to Zika previous year, CBS/AP reported. At Gov. Rick Scotts direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not routinely test donated sperm for Zika, but it does forbid anonymous donors for six months if they have been diagnosed with the virus, traveled to an affected area or had sex with someone who may have been infected. The Texas case is also the first local case in any state this year. People are reminded of the importance of being vigilant during travel in areas known to have the Zika virus and on their return home to prevent infection with the Zika virus. The majority of the cases were travel related and occurred in 2016. This case study highlights the importance of using condoms during sexual intercourse after visiting a Zika-infected area in addition to using mosquito repellents and barriers.

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