Florida health officials are reporting the state's first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito.
According to the Health Department, A couple traveled to Cuba.
After the couple returned home, one partner fell ill to symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection, according to the health department. Based on the details revealed through a thorough investigation, evidence suggests one partner acquired Zika while in Cuba, was bitten by a mosquito in or around their home, and that mosquito then bit and transmitted Zika to the other partner.
Florida reported 296 locally acquired Zika infections a year ago. But a test performed this week showed evidence of a past Zika infection, linking the traveler's case to their recently symptomatic partner, who tested positive. Is the outbreak in the Americas over?
Officials say there's no evidence of ongoing, active transmission along Florida's Gulf coast, or anywhere in the state. A total of 187 known Zika virus infections have been recorded in Florida in 2017, 107 of which were in pregnant women. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you traveled to an area with Zika, you could have become infected and not know it, and you could spread the virus in your community if you do not take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites or sexual transmission after you return home. The virus poses the greatest threat to regnant women, who are at greatest risk from Zika because the virus can cause birth defects and neurological problems in the fetus.
The health department also urged Floridians to help reduce mosquito populations near their homes and businesses by draining standing water and using repellents.