Texas resident's Zika case linked to Miami travel

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"This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States", DSHS officials said. One Venezuelan national has also contracted Zika. "The second new non-travel related infection is located outside of the one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County". The virus circulates in blood, semen and can also be found in saliva and urine. The aegypti is known as the yellow fever mosquito.

Florida health officials emphasize that one case does not mean active transmission is occurring in an area.

"Travellers to areas with cases of Zika virus infection are at risk of being infected with the Zika virus", it said.

Zika virus potentially could be spread by the Asian tiger mosquito, the most common nuisance mosquito in Henrico.

Reducing populations of Aedes mosquitoes is often as simple as tipping over pots of standing water near people's homes or businesses.

A statement Monday from Gov. Rick Scott's office says 30 people have been infected with the Zika virus through mosquito bites in the state.

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According to a Brazilian medical research team, poor sewage systems in many parts of Brazil create the damp conditions ideal for Zika-carrying mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Two more people have been confirmed with local transmission of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade.

"We must combat this public health emergency by passing emergency Zika funding", he said.

Because Zika can be transmitted sexually, pregnant women with a male partner who travels to a Zika-affected area should either abstain from sexual activity, or use condoms correctly and consistently for the duration of their pregnancy to protect the unborn fetus from the risk of severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

The Department of Health is now investigating four areas in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, where transmissions of Zika have occurred. "The best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites".

Meanwhile, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that since February 1, 2016, Zika virus infection and the related clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders have constituted a "public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC)". "A couple drops of water in a bottle cap can be a breeding location for mosquitoes".

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