Florida firefighter infected with Zika virus

  • Source: WTSP-TV 10 News
  • Published: 08/31/2016 12:00 AM

There is new information about the person infected with the Zika virus from Pinellas County. 10Investigates has discovered it could have been contracted in Hillsborough County because the Pinellas resident works as a firefighter in Tampa. There is a lot we don't know, because the Florida Department of Health is keeping the information very close to the vest and that could be because there is a huge concern what the disease could do to the state tourism industry. But 10Investigates did find out was the firefighter infected works at Fire Station No. 3 on Kennedy Boulevard and Willow Avenue. That means it is possible mosquitoes carrying the disease could be in Hillsborough. Every firefighter who works at station No. 3 was tested. The Department of Health which would not confirm or deny the Firefighter was infected says," We test coworkers as part of a way to investigate whether there is ongoing local transmission." The department also said it does target sampling of close contacts to the individual who has tested positive, and added, as far as they know, there have been no cases of nontravel related Zika in Hillsborough County.


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