The Florida Health Department is investigating whether a Zika virus infection in Miami-Dade County could be the first time the virus has been transmitted within the continental USA through infected mosquitoes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's studying the matter because the mysterious case may or may not have been caused by known methods of the virus's transmission. In rare cases, it can be transmitted through sexual activity or blood transfusion. They did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions about ruling out other methods of transmission, such as sex.
In a brief statement, the department said it is "actively conducting an epidemiological investigation" of a non-travel-related case in Miami-Dade County in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They both are in their 20s, but no other details about them were released, including where the woman traveled.
This would be the first case of the Zika virus being transmitted locally.
In total there are 1,306 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the United States, according to the CDC. "So it might already have started to spread by local mosquitoes without people knowing it", said LaPook, who spoke with a Florida health department official yesterday.
Authorities were testing other people who had contact with the father to ensure no one else was infected.
"We're constantly in the area". While those tropical bugs are not typically found in Utah, experts say they have not ruled out the possibility that the new case came from a mosquito, perhaps one brought home by the father.
Officials urge pregnant women to avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas and to wear mosquito repellent to reduce the risk of being bitten.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The individuals were infected while traveling in another country.
"I mean, we've got enough money, you know what I mean", he said after signing off from the British Open at Royal Troon.
There is no vaccine for Zika.
"In the peak of mosquito season, in the height of the summer, with the Brazil Olympics just around the corner, a country deeply impacted by Zika, it's unreal to me that this has become so politicized", Rubio said.
Zika can be transmitted by mosquitoes and, less commonly, through sex.
International Golf Federation President Peter Dawson also said there had been an "over-reaction" to the threat of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause potentially severe birth defects in babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy. The condition is brought on by the virus and results in babies being born with significantly smaller heads because of abnormal brain development.