First sexually transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Florida in 2017

Posted August 03, 2017

The state's first locally transmitted case of Zika virus in 2017 has been confirmed in Pinellas County.

After a person is infected with the Zika virus through a mosquito bite the virus remains present in the blood and saliva for up to about two weeks, but remains in bodily fluids like breast milk for weeks and semen for months.

Health officials are asking everyone to take precautions if you or your partner have traveled to any location where Zika is active.

It added that mosquito reduction activities are taking place across the state.

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

The name and sex of the person infected were not disclosed. When Zika virus is contracted by women in the early stages of pregnancy it may interfere with brain development in the embryo, causing the baby to be born with an undersized brain (microcephaly). 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.

Saliva just doesn't provide a good environment for the Zika virus, the researchers said.

There was no evidence that Zika transmission through mosquitoes took place anywhere in the state, according to the health department.

Florida has had 118 confirmed cases of Zika this year. It is also important to reduce the chance of sexual transmission by using condoms.

In addition to trapping the mosquitoes, Kalamazoo County is identifying what type of insects it is capturing to the Centers for Disease Control and giving citizens information on preventing mosquito bites, diseases and habitat control.