The first case of Zika virus has been discovered in Palm Beach County, and according to health officials, it was locally acquired.
The infected person might have traveled to Miami-Dade County recently. On Monday, Governor Rick Scott said that Miami-Dade County is ground zero for an outbreak of Zika transmitted by domestic mosquitoes.
It was reported by the Palm Beach Post that attempts are being made by state health officials to locate the place where the unidentified person contracted the virus.
Scott said that investigation is being done by Department of Health officials to know how an individual in Palm Beach County became the state’s 17th person considered to be infected without exposure from travel to foreign areas where Zika is transmitted.
The virus is transmitted mostly by mosquitoes and also by sexual contact. It causes a birth defect known as microcephaly.
However, in the current investigation, the Florida Department of Health has ruled out sexual transmission as the cause. “The investigation is under way to try to confirm the source of the infection,” a spokeswoman for the health department said. “The department still believes active transmissions are only taking place within the identified area that is less than one-square-mile.”
Sixteen people in neighboring Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been confirmed infected by a mosquito. Those infected were previously identified by the state.
Scott said that state health officials are of the impression that local transmission of Zika virus remains limited to the Wynwood area. It was last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the unpredictable step of cautioning pregnant women not to travel to Wynwood, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Pregnancy advised people who have visited Wynwood since June 15 to rule out plans of getting pregnant for several weeks.