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

Person in Polk County contracts virus

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A person in Polk County has contracted the Zika virus after having sex with someone who recently traveled out of the United States, officials said.

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The Florida Department of Health said two new cases were confirmed in Polk County on Wednesday, one that was travel-associated and the other was sexually transmitted from an individual who was traveling outside of the country.

The CDC is recommending that if you have traveled to a country with a local transmission of Zika, you should abstain from unprotected sex, officials said in the release.

The new cases bring the total amount of Zika cases reported in Florida to 52, with four of the cases involving pregnant women.

The following counties have reported Zika cases:

Alachua: 1
Brevard: 1
Broward: 7
Hillsborough: 3
Lee: 3
Miami-Dade: 24
Orange: 3
Osceola: 1
Polk: 2
Santa Rosa: 1
Seminole: 1
St. Johns: 1
Cases involving pregnant women* 4

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to host another conference call with state healthcare workers to discuss how Zika is spread and its symptoms, treatments and proper precautions.

"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 said. "We will continue to do all we can to keep families across our state safe."

In February, Scott asked the CDC to conduct a call with Florida healthcare workers, including OBGYNS, doctors and those who work with pregnant women, which the CDC completed on February 11.



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