Aug 3, 2017

Florida Confirms First Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika in 2017

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has announced it has confirmed the first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017.

The case was confirmed in Pinellas County. The DOH reported that the individual's partner recently traveled to Cuba and had fallen ill with symptoms consistent with Zika. Both tested positive for Zika. The virus can remain in semen for months after infection, even without symptoms, and can be spread to partners during that period of time.

Following confirmation, the DOH stated it notified mosquito control, which is rolling out mosquito reduction activities.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which is a sign of incomplete brain development. Physicians have identified other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth.

There is no evidence of ongoing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes in any area of Florida at this time.

As of August 1, the total number of Zika cases reported in Florida in 2017, which is broken down as follows:
  • Travel-related Infections of Zika — 90
  • Locally acquired infections exposed in 2016, tested in 2017 — 6
  • Undetermined exposed in 2016, tested in 2017 — 22
For five things you should know about Zika, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS), which is based in Delray Beach, Florida. Phenelle has more than 30 years experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes to implement and maintain an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission (TJC), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies, respond to situations of noncompliance, and improve the processes for reducing risk.


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