November 17, 2017

Florida (USA) - Zika virus, 2nd local transmission

The Florida Department of Health announced that a locally transmitted case of Zika has been confirmed in Miami-Dade County. The individual tested positive for Zika and had no travel history to an area with ongoing, active transmission of Zika. They did not have a partner with recent travel to any such area as well. It is therefore suspected that this case of Zika was transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The health department said at this time there is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, this isolated case does not constitute a Zika zone.

The department notified mosquito control of the suspected case and appropriate mosquito reduction activities have occurred and will continue as per the established protocol. The department will notify the public immediately if it identifies any area where ongoing, active transmission of Zika is taking place.

As of November 17, 2017 there are 217 Zika cases reported in Florida where 185 cases are travel related, 2 cases are locally transmitted and 32 cases with undetermined exposure in 2016, tested in 2017.

The department reminds residents and health care providers to consider a Zika test if symptoms are consistent with the virus infection.

SOURCE: Florida Department of Health
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