First 2017 case of sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Central Florida

Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Florida's first case of sexually transmitted Zika infection this year was confirmed Tuesday by state health officials.

The infected individual had no history of travel, but the person's sexual partner had recently traveled to Cuba and was sick with symptoms of Zika, health officials said. Officials said both patients tested positive for Zika. "If the department identifies an area where ongoing transmission of Zika is taking place, we will notify the public immediately".

So far most of Florida's 118 Zika cases have been linked to people traveling outside of the U.S.

Zika has been a new addition to the viruses that have had disastrous impact on the human population. They discovered that if you add monkey saliva to the virus you reduce the ability of the virus to infect cells.

"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.

In the new study, researchers infected monkeys with the strain of Zika virus that has been circulating in North and South America in recent years, and collected saliva from the infected ones. Ninety of the cases are travel-related infections. 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. 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).

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