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Fort Lauderdale Doctor Suspects Patient is First Locally-Transmitted Zika Case in Broward

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    Doctor: Patient May Be First Locally-Transmitted Zika Case in Broward

    There hasn't been a locally-contracted case of Zika in Broward County officially but a recent positive result at the Broward Medical and Urgent Care Center could be the first. A 54-year-old woman who came to the clinic at 103 Southeast 23rd Street last week was complaining of muscle aches, fatigue and a rash. The doctor tested her for Zika and sent it off to the state lab where it was confirmed she has the virus. (Published Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016)

    There hasn't been a locally-contracted case of Zika in Broward County officially but a recent positive result at the Broward Medical and Urgent Care Center could be the first.

    A 54-year-old woman who came to the clinic at 103 Southeast 23rd Street last week was complaining of muscle aches, fatigue and a rash. The doctor tested her for Zika and sent it off to the state lab where it was confirmed she has the virus.

    The case is a little complicated because the patient traveled to Brazil about a month ago but more recently spent time outside at a Broward County farm, which is where the doctor suspects she got sick.

    "A couple weeks ago she mentioned that she was at a farm here in Fort Lauderdale with her daughter, and there were a lot of mosquitoes so she felt she was bitten by mosquitoes two weeks ago," Dr. Martin Roche said. "So it's probable she might have gotten it here rather than in Rio because of the incubation period of the virus."

    Fort Lauderdale Doctor Suspects Patient is First Locally-Transmitted Zika Case in Broward

    [MI] Fort Lauderdale Doctor Suspects Patient is First Locally-Transmitted Zika Case in Broward
    There hasn't been a locally-contracted case of Zika in Broward County officially but a recent positive result at the Broward Medical and Urgent Care Center could be the first. A 54-year-old woman who came to the clinic at 103 Southeast 23rd Street last week was complaining of muscle aches, fatigue and a rash. The doctor tested her for Zika and sent it off to the state lab where it was confirmed she has the virus.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016)

    The Florida Department of Health will have to determine, if they can, whether she is the first person bit by a Zika mosquito in Broward or not. NBC 6 is waiting for a response to questions about the case.

    Dr. Roche said he's already seeing more people come in with Zika symptoms. Another woman came in Wednesday and was tested, but he's awaiting results in that case.