Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Miami-Dade

By: Naseem S. Miller  Contact Reporter Orlando Sentinel

A new case of sexually-transmitted Zika in Miami-Dade County was confirmed by the Florida Department of Health on Friday.

The individual’s partner was infected with Zika while traveling to several countries, including Cuba.

“There’s no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika anywhere in Florida,” the health department said in a news release.

This is the state’s second Zika case this year that’s been acquired locally. The first case was reported in Manatee County in October and was transmitted by an infected mosquito.

There have been 205 confirmed cases of Zika infection in Florida so far this year, 172 of which are travel-related. Also included in the total is 112 pregnant women.

Although local and travel-related Zika infections have noticeably declined since last year, the virus is still a major public health concern, because it can affect the nervous system of unborn babies.

Couples who are planning to have babies and may be exposed to the virus in parts of the world with active Zika transmission should take precautions to prevent infection, health officials say.

There have been 19 travel-related cases in Central Florida, with 15 in Orange County and the rest in Seminole.

You can follow the latest numbers on the Department of Health’s new Zika website, https://zikafreefl.org/.

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