Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Locally transmitted Zika case found in Manatee County

Pinellas County officials examined this Aedes Aegypti mosquito in 2016 after someone in the county came down with Zika. This week, Manatee County officials announced that a case of locally transmitted Zika was found after a couple returned home from Cuba. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times] 


Pinellas County officials examined this Aedes Aegypti mosquito in 2016 after someone in the county came down with Zika. This week, Manatee County officials announced that a case of locally transmitted Zika was found after a couple returned home from Cuba. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

A locally transmitted case of Zika has been found in Manatee County, the Florida Department of Health said Thursday.

A couple who lives in Manatee County recently traveled to Cuba, which is where state officials believe one partner contracted the virus, according to a media release. The person, who began to experience Zika-like symptoms shortly after the trip, was likely bitten by a mosquito once the two were home, officials said. They said the same mosquito then bit and transmitted Zika to the other partner.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Whatever happened to the Zika epidemic?

This is an isolated case and there is no evidence of an ongoing, active transmission of Zika, the health department reported. Manatee County's mosquito control has been notified and frequent treatment for mosquitoes will continue.

There have been a total of 187 cases of Zika in Florida so far this year, which stands in stark contrast to the 1,456 cases reported last year. However, health officials still warn Floridians to be diligent about removing standing water from around their homes and using mosquito repellents.

"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 health department said in a statement. "It is also important to reduce the chance of sexual transmission by using condoms."

Locally transmitted Zika case found in Manatee County 10/12/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Bruno Mars' charisma glitters like gold at Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Nothing in this world should be as easy as Bruno Mars makes it look. Not singing, not dancing, and certainly not playfully seducing more than 17,500 starry-eyed Tampa fans with one of pop music’s best bands at your back.

    Bruno Mars performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Oct. 19, 2017.
  2. Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev said he blacked out for a few seconds after his first NHL goal Thursday night, a rocket slap shot from the point.

    Mikhail Sergachev, front, looks like he’s very in the moment with teammate Dan Girardi after scoring his first NHL goal, though he says he blacked out for a bit. He scores again in the second.
  3. Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to win pennant, head to World Series for first time since '88

    Ml

    CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

    The Dodgers celebrate their Game 5 victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, putting Los Angeles in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
  4. Another suspicious death in Tampa's Seminole Heights

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police were investigating what they were calling a suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night, near the location of two fatal shootings last week.

    Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan addresses reporters about the latest suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]
  5. Duke tops preseason coaches' basketball poll; Gators No. 7

    College

    Duke has been tabbed basketball's preseason No. 1 for the second straight season in the coaches' poll, released Thursday.

    Florida point guard Chris Chiozza launches the shot of last season’s NCAA Tournament, a winning 3
against Wisconsin that put the Gators into the Elite Eight. Chiozza returns to lead a UF team that’s getting its share of preseason attention, including a No. 7 ranking in the coaches’ poll.