First sexually transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Florida in 2017

Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 07:18:25-04

The first sexually transmitted case of Zika in 2017 has been confirmed in Pinellas County according to the Florida Department of Health.

The department emphasizes that there is no evidence of transmission through mosquitoes taking place anywhere in Florida.

The person hadn't traveled recently, but their partner recently went to Cuba and was sick with symptoms consistent with Zika. They both tested positive. "The department notified mosquito control, and appropriate mosquito reduction activities are taking place," the Department of Health said.

The department also warns that Zika can be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active recently.

ZIKA TRACKER | Interactive map and graphic show confirmed and locally transmitted Zika virus cases

There have now been 118 reported cases of Zika in Florida in 2017, 90 of which were travel related.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says it is critical for people who recently traveled overseas to an area with Zika to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks after returning home, and to reduce the chance of sexually transmitting it by using condoms.

For more info on the Zika virus and the status of Zika in Florida, click here.