Aug 24, 2016
By Jane Brown
A non-travel-related case of the Zika virus has turned up in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
It’s the first in the state outside the Miami area, but local government experts say there isn’t enough evidence to date to declare a new zone of local transmission.
If they conclude mosquitoes have transmitted the disease to residents of the Tampa Bay area, it would be the third such area in the continental U.S. following clusters of cases traced to downtown Miami’s Wynwood arts district and a tourist area of Miami Beach.
Zika can cause severe brain-related birth defects if women are infected during pregnancy.
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