Florida Reports Second Local Zika Case For 2017

Nov 19, 2017
Originally published on November 17, 2017 4:53 pm

Florida has reported its second case of the Zika virus via local mosquitos.

Last month, the Florida Department of Health reported the first case transmitted by a local mosquito came from a Manatee County couple, who had traveled to Cuba.

One of them contracted Zika in Cuba, and the partner was bitten by a mosquito while returning home.

Now, state health officials say the second case this year transmitted by local mosquito is in Miami-Dade County. But, they say there is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika.

So far, there are 217 Zika cases in Florida—most are travel-related.

Zika, a mosquito-borne disease, can cause severe birth defects. It can be sexually-transmitted as well.

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