Health officials investigating origins of Zika case in Miami

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By: Associated Press
July 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida Health department spokeswoman now says it's premature to conclude whether or not the Zika infection of a Miami-area woman is related to sex or travel.

Spokeswoman Mara Gambineri says her emailed statement earlier Thursday was incorrect. She says she was wrong and that she should have written that ""sexual transmission related to travel has not been ruled out."

She says not all the blood and urine tests from the people around the infected patient have come back yet, and they can't definitively say that nobody involved traveled outside the United States recently.

Mosquitoes tested as part of this investigation have so far tested negative for Zika, as of results that came back Thursday.


By: Associated Press
July 20, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- The CDC is working with Florida health officials to investigate what could be the first Zika infection from a mosquito in the continental United States.

They say lab tests confirm a person in the Miami area is infected with the Zika virus, and there may not be any connection to someone traveling outside the country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says none of the more than 1,300 Zika infections in the United States to date were from local mosquitoes. Fourteen were sexually transmitted and one involved laboratory exposure.

Mosquito control inspectors were at work in Miami-Dade County on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Gayle Love said they've been going door-to-door since health authorities alerted them late last week, spraying to kill mosquitoes and emptying any containers holding water.



 
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