TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Zika virus has returned to Florida. State health officials are reporting the first case this year in the state of Florida transmitted by a local mosquito.READ MORE: Florida Breaks Another Record For COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Florida’s Department of Health said Thursday a Manatee County couple traveled to Cuba, and one of them contracted Zika while on the Caribbean island and was bitten by a mosquito after returning home.
That mosquito then bit and transmitted the virus to the other partner. Officials wouldn’t identify the sex of the couple, citing privacy laws.READ MORE: 'He Died Hoping His Security Would Come': Haiti's First Lady Wife Martine Moïse Says Of Presidential Assassination
Officials say there’s no evidence of ongoing, active transmission along Florida’s Gulf coast, or anywhere in the state.
Florida reported 296 locally acquired Zika infections last year.
Zika causes relatively mild symptoms in most adults but can cause severe birth defects in babies of some women infected during pregnancy. The virus also can be transmitted sexually.MORE NEWS: Broward School Board Reverses Mask Mandate, Complies With Ron DeSantis
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