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Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Identified in Miami-Dade County

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

November 03, 2017


Department of Health Daily Zika Update

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Communications Office
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Tallahassee, Fla. — Today the Florida Department of Health is announcing that a sexually transmitted Zika case has been confirmed in Miami-Dade County. There is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika anywhere in Florida. 

While the individual had no travel, their partner recently traveled to several areas where Zika transmission could occur, including Cuba, an area with ongoing active transmission of Zika. Both tested positive for Zika.

According to established protocol, the department notified mosquito control and appropriate mosquito reduction activities have occurred and will continue. If the department identifies an area where ongoing, active transmission of Zika is taking place, we will notify the public immediately.

As we have been reminded, Zika can be transmitted sexually, and it is important to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active. The department reminds residents and health care providers to consider a Zika test if symptoms are consistent with the virus.

The total number of Zika cases in Florida in 2017 is 205.

Infection Type

Infection Count

Total number of Zika Infections, 2017

205

Travel-Related Infections of Zika 2017

172

Locally Acquired Infections 2017

1

Undetermined exposure in 2016, tested 2017

32

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Locally Acquired Infections exposed in 2016; and tested in 2017*

11

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Pregnant Women with Lab-Evidence of Zika reported in 2017

112

*These cases are included on the Zika website under the 2016 totals.

Note, these categories are not mutually exclusive and cannot be added together.

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. It is also important to reduce the chance of sexual transmission by using condoms. CDC has issued additional guidance related to sexual transmission and prevention.

Before you travel, check to see if your destination is on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of areas with Zika.

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. Zika can persist in semen over extended periods of time. Pregnant couples with recent travel to areas with active Zika transmission should consider using condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.

According to CDC guidance, providers should screen all pregnant women in the US for possible Zika exposure and symptoms at each prenatal care visit. Additional CDC guidance on screening and testing can be found here. At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

The department urges Floridians to take action around their home and business to reduce the mosquito population. 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. Residents and visitors should also use mosquito repellent day and night to prevent mosquito bites.

The department updates the full list of travel-related cases by county online each weekday. To view the list of travel-related cases by county and year, click here.

For more information on Zika virus and the status of Zika in Florida, please visit www.zikafreefl.org

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