Locally transmitted Zika case confirmed in Manatee County

Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 12:40:30-04

A locally transmitted case of Zika has been confirmed in Manatee County, but the Department of Health says there is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika.

According to protocol, the department notified mosquito control of the case and appropriate mosquito reduction activities have been put in place and will continue.

Officials say a couple traveled to Cuba. One partner was ill with symptoms consistent with Zika shortly after travel. Based on the details revealed through a thorough investigation, evidence suggests one partner acquired Zika while in Cuba, was bitten by a mosquito in or around their home, and that mosquito then bit and transmitted Zika to the other partner.

The partner that acquired Zika in Cuba was not tested for Zika while they had symptoms. 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.

Florida Department of Health says it's important to remember Zika can be transmitted sexually and to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active.