HEALTH

2nd person contracts Zika through local mosquito in Florida, officials confirm

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file photo, Evaristo Miqueli, a natural resources officer with Broward County Mosquito Control, takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott announced the number of Zika cases likely spread by local mosquitoes had increased to 14 and asked Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 for a federal emergency response team to help the state combat the spread of the virus in the U.S. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file photo, Evaristo Miqueli, a natural resources officer with Broward County Mosquito Control, takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott announced the number of Zika cases likely spread by local mosquitoes had increased to 14 and asked Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 for a federal emergency response team to help the state combat the spread of the virus in the U.S. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

Officials say a second person in Palm Beach County, Florida, has contracted the Zika virus through a local mosquito.

Florida's Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday that a 24-year-old Lake Worth woman has been confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Officials say the woman was hospitalized last week with classic Zika symptoms that included fever, rash, eye redness and joint pain, but a final diagnosis did not come until Tuesday. The woman says she hasn't traveled outside of the county in months.

The number of non-travel related cases in Florida now stands at 43, with the majority having occurred in Miami-Dade County. Palm Beach County is north of Miami.

Zika causes a mild illness in most people but can lead to severe brain-related birth defects if women are infected during pregnancy.

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