Zika Rarely Transmitted by Salvia

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According to a Florida Department of Health statement, the Pinellas County resident's partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus after a recent trip to Cuba. Both then tested positive for the virus.

Officials want to warn the public to take precautions if you or your partner traveled to an area where Zika is active.

Mosquito control is responding to the neighborhood.

While Zika cases in Florida have declined compared with a year ago, the state has reported 118 cases in 2017, including 90 travel-related cases.

There is no evidence of the virus being transmitted through mosquitos in the state, officials said.

Zika can be spread from person to person through sexual intercourse, but it's been unclear whether the saliva of an infected person poses a threat to others.

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In late 2015, the Caribbean confirmed its first case of the Zika virus, followed by a dramatic increase in 2016.

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus may not be as big a threat now as it was this time past year, but the Ministry of Health in Jamaica is still on guard. This is the second confirmed sexually transmitted Zika case in the US.

Health officials said six patients who locally acquired the virus tested positive early this year, but were exposed to the infected mosquitoes at the end of 2016. Infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects.

In addition to trapping the mosquitoes, Kalamazoo County is identifying what type of insects it is capturing to the Centers for Disease Control and giving citizens information on preventing mosquito bites, diseases and habitat control.

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