Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Florida's first sexually transmitted Zika case is in Polk County

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 6:22 PM

click image PHOTO BY JAMES GATHANY VIA CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Florida health officials are reporting the state's first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus is in Polk County, pushing the number of cases in Florida to 52. 

The Florida Department of Health says in its daily Zika update that the sexual transmission happened to a person who was traveling outside the country. All of the Zika cases reported in Florida have involved people who have traveled outside the state. Three people are still exhibiting symptoms, according to the department's update. 

Signs that you may have the Zika virus include a rash, joint pain, fever, conjunctivitis, headache and muscle pain. Last week, Florida State University researchers said they found evidence showing the virus targets brain development cells, possibly linking Zika to birth defects such as microcephaly. 

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to talk to Florida health care workers again about how Zika is spread and how to treat it. 

"I appreciate the CDC for previously speaking with Florida doctors and healthcare workers on a conference call last month, but it is imperative that the most up-to-date information is available so we can stay ahead of the possible spread of the Zika virus in Florida," Scott says. "We will continue to do all we can to keep families across our state safe."

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