Florida identifies 1st case of sexually transmitted Zika for 2017

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The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of sexually-transmitted Zika in 2017 in Central Florida.

The person has not traveled recently, but the person's partner recently traveled to Cuba and later tested positive for Zika, officials said. As per reports, the patient and the partner, both have tested positive for the deadly virus.

Zika travel - related cases were found mostly in women and for January to July 21 this year of 94 total cases 82 were women and 12 were men while for 2016, of 993 total, 788 were women and 205 were men, according to the Department of Health.

The health department said there's no evidence of mosquitoes transmitting Zika anywhere in Florida.

Scientists believe that mosquito bites are the source of most Zika virus infections in people. They discovered that if you add monkey saliva to the virus you reduce the ability of the virus to infect cells.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously confirmed cases of the Zika virus that were sexually transmitted.

Although data are limited, it is generally accepted that sexual intercourse is one route for transmission of the Zika virus. And it's looking to engage an additional 500 public health aides this year as part of its Zika virus response programme aimed at ridding communities of mosquito breeding sites.

In better Tampa Bay health news, Florida's Department of Health issued two licenses for medical marijuana growing in Ruskin. The Texas case is also the first local case in any state this year. "It is critical for people who recently traveled overseas to an area with Zika to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks after they return home", the department says.

According to CDC guidance, health care providers should screen all pregnant women in the U.S. for possible Zika exposure and symptoms at each prenatal care visit.

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