Florida health officials have not ruled out sexual transmission in Miami-area woman’s Zika infection

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The CDC is working with Florida health officials to investigate what could be the first Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. They said Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 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. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

MIAMI (AP) – CORRECTS: Florida health officials have not ruled out sexual transmission in Miami-area woman’s Zika infection. (Corrects APNewsAlert to reflect that a health department spokeswoman says her earlier statement was incorrect. She says she should have written that “sexual transmission related to travel has not been ruled out.”

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MIAMI (AP) – Florida’s Department of Health has now ruled out sexual transmission as well as travel as the source of a Miami-area woman’s Zika infection.

Health officials are trying to determine whether the woman could be the first person infected with the Zika virus directly by a mosquito bite inside the continental United States.

Zika is usually spread by mosquitoes, but nearly all the Zika cases in the U.S. have been contracted in other countries or through sex with someone who traveled and was bitten elsewhere.

In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, health department spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said sexual transmission related to travel has now been ruled out.

Miami-Dade County has been sending mosquitoes trapped in the woman’s neighborhood to be tested at Florida Gulf Coast University since July 15. A spokeswoman for Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says none of the samples have tested positive for the Zika virus.


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