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Zika case confirmed in Pinellas County

23

August

The first locally-transmitted cases of Zika virus have spread to Tampa Bay.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that a case has been confirmed in Pinellas County.

However, the state does not believe mosquitoes are actively spreading Zika in the county.

"While this investigation is ongoing, DOH still believes that ongoing active transmissions are only occurring in the two previously identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach," he said in a statement. Both of those locations are in Miami-Dade County.

The state is offering free Zika tests to pregnant women and is advising Pinellas residents who want mosquito control services to contact the county's mosquito control.

Zika has been linked to birth defects, including babies being born with small heads.

Previously, cases in Tampa Bay have all been related to travel to places where Zika is spreading more rapidly, such as Brazil and Puerto Rico.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:49am]

    

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