First locally-transmitted Zika case reported on Florida’s Gulf Coast

First locally-transmitted Zika virus case found on Florida's Gulf Coast

First locally-transmitted Zika virus case reported on Florida’s Gulf Coast

The first case of locally-transmitted Zika virus was reported Tuesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, a potentially ominous sign that the mosquito-borne illness is spreading from South Florida.

The case in the St. Petersburg area – Pinellas County – was among five new cases of Zika announced Tuesday that were contracted within Florida.

The others all in the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood, where the first cases of transmission by local mosquitoes were reported earlier this month.

Scott said the Florida Department of Health has begun door-to-door outreach and sampling in Pinellas County, along with mosquito abatement and reduction efforts.

“In Pinellas County, the Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control are already working together and have begun aggressive spraying and mosquito abatement efforts,” Scott said.

But with other locally-transmitted cases reported only in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, the Pinellas County report is the first such case on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Meanwhile, health officials also have further narrowed the area of Wynwood being investigated as a source for the mosquitoes spreading Zika.

“In Pinellas County, the Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control are already working together and have begun aggressive spraying and mosquito abatement efforts,” Scott said.

“Any pregnant woman who would like to receive a free Zika test or a Zika prevention kit should contact the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. We remain fully committed to ensuring that every county has all of the resources they need to combat this virus and stand ready to assist residents and visitors in the impacted communities.”

 

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