Florida health officials are reporting the state's first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito.
A person started feeling symptoms associated with Zika after returning from a trip to Cuba with their partner, the health department said, but they were not tested for the virus at the time.
State health officials said there is no additional evidence that mosquitoes are spreading the virus in Manatee County, which is on the Gulf Coast, south of St. Petersburg and Tampa.
There is no indication that there is an ongoing transmission of the Zika virus in the area.
After the couple returned home, one partner fell ill to symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection, according to the health department.
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That mosquito then bit and transmitted the virus to the other partner.
So far in 2017, there have been 187 cases of Zika in Florida, with 154 of them being travel related. A test conducted this week showed evidence of a past Zika infection linking that infection to the partner who was recently symptomatic and tested positive. At Governor Scott's direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.
Mosquito control was contacted to spray in the area and will continue to do so. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon of water so it is critical to drain all sources of standing water to keep mosquitoes from multiplying.
For those who have traveled to areas with Zika, precautions should be made to avoid mosquito bites for at least three weeks upon returning home, the health department said. The virus also can be transmitted sexually.
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