Zika case identified in Manatee County

Manatee County health officials say a locally transmitted case of Zika has been confirmed there.

Health officials said the case emerged after a couple had traveled to Cuba and one partner became ill with symptoms consistent with Zika shortly after returning to Florida.

The traveler who is believed to have acquired Zika in Cuba was not tested for the virus while symptomatic, the health department said.

The state's 2017 Zika count includes one case transmitted through sex, and 32 cases where epidemiologists could not determine the source of infection.

Mosquito control was contacted to spray in the area and will continue to do so. According to CDC guidance, this isolated case does not constitute a Zika zone.

It is critical for people who recently traveled overseas to an area with Zika to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks after they return home. Condoms should be used to lower the chances of sexual transmission of the virus, and pregnant couples are advised to use them during the entire pregnancy. Zika can persist in semen over extended periods of time. The health department said it will notify the public should it identify any areas of ongoing, active Zika transmission.

According to CDC guidance, providers should screen all pregnant women in the United States for possible Zika exposure and symptoms at each prenatal care visit. At Governor Scott's direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

The health department also urged Floridians to help reduce mosquito populations near their homes and businesses by draining standing water and using repellents.