Health Officials Investigate Locally Transmitted Zika Case

Jul 20, 2016

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Florida health officials have confirmed another case of Zika.  That brings the total number of cases in Florida to 327. Officials say the new case announced Monday is a travel related case involving a person from Miami-Dade County. But the announcement comes as the department is investigating what it calls a “possible non-travel related” case from the same county.

That case could be the first officially declared local transmission of the virus via mosquito in the continental United States.  Though 14 people have contracted the virus in the U-S through sexual transmission and one through laboratory exposure. Zika is typically thought of as a mosquito borne virus but until now, health officials say none of the 13-hundred infections in the country came from local mosquitos.