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Miami: Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed

Florida state health officials have confirmed a sexually transmitted Zika virus infection case in Miami-Dade County. 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.

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Health officials say 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.

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.

What’s happened to Zika? Is the outbreak in the Americas over?

In 2017, Florida has reported 205 Zika virus cases. 172 were classified as travel-associated, one was locally transmitted and the remainder were undetermined exposure in 2016, tested 2017.

There is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika anywhere in Florida.

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