In a follow-up to a report last week about local transmission of Zika virus in Pinellas County, local media report Monday that the individual infected with the mosquito borne virus is actually a Tampa firefighter (Hillsborough County) who resides in neighboring Pinellas County.
According to the WTSP report, the firefighter infected works at Fire Station No. 3 on Kennedy Boulevard and Willow Avenue near the Hyde Park area in South Tampa. Health officials tell WTSP that every firefighter at that station has been tested for Zika.
Not much additional information is known including where exactly the virus was contracted.
Gov Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health (DOH), who have really done a yeoman’s job in the battle against Zika in the state has been criticized for their lack of transparency concerning details of the Pinellas County Zika case.
To date, DOH has reported 43 non travel associated Zika cases in Florida and 545 travel associated cases.
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