First possible mosquito transmitted Zika case in U.S.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – New information about the Zika Virus. So far all the cases here in the United States have been travel-related. Until now.

Health officials in Florida are investigating if a patient was infected by a mosquito.

The Florida Health Department is looking into a case in Miami-Dade County– which could be the first time Zika is spread through an infected mosquito in the continental U.S. They do know that the patient has not traveled to a Zika affected region.

So far in Connecticut — there are no cases linked to mosquitoes. All have been travel-related.

The potential case in Florida does not surprise experts, warning us that the southern region of U.S. is more at risk mostly due to the presence of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika – which is linked to birth defects.

Dr. Richard Martinello – Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Yale-New Haven Hospital says limiting our exposure to mosquitoes is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.

“Mosquitoes during their lifetime don’t fly very far and so most of the mosquitoes that are biting us are actually very near to where they are biting us. And so what people can do to help prevent and decrease the mosquitoes by their own house is actually make sure there aren’t areas where there are no areas where mosquitoes can breed, said Martinello.

Be sure to get rid of that standing water near or around your home and use that insect repellent.

Dr. Martinello says the CDC is looking at a puzzling case in Utah– where they are not certain how Zika was transmitted. He says there was no sexual contact and it appears mosquitoes were not involved.

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