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Woman from Taiwan visits Miami, returns home with Zika

Carlos Varas, a Miami-Dade County mosquito inspector, uses a Golden Eagle machine to spray around homes along NW 32st St, near NW 2nd Ave. in the Wynwood area of Miami on Tuesday afternoon, August 2. At least 26 cases of Zika have been found in the Wynwood/Midtown/Design area.
Carlos Varas, a Miami-Dade County mosquito inspector, uses a Golden Eagle machine to spray around homes along NW 32st St, near NW 2nd Ave. in the Wynwood area of Miami on Tuesday afternoon, August 2. At least 26 cases of Zika have been found in the Wynwood/Midtown/Design area. emichot@miamiherald.com

A 44-year-old woman from Taiwan who visited Miami last week returned home with Zika, giving the small island nation east of China its sixth imported case of the infectious disease, according to health officials.

The woman was in Miami on a business trip from July 31 to Aug. 11, and went to her doctor after returning home and developing a rash on her legs and stomach, reported the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, which confirmed the Zika infection with laboratory tests.

The Taiwan CDC did not report what part of Miami the woman visited. The Florida Department of Health has said the only area in the state with ongoing Zika transmission by mosquitoes is a zone less than one-square-mile north of downtown Miami in the Wynwood neighborhood.

Florida health officials have identified at least five Zika infections outside of that zone, but their investigations have not yet led to an announcement of any other areas with continuing transmission of the virus.

The Taiwanese woman who contracted Zika in Miami is not pregnant and her symptoms have subsided, the Taiwan CDC reported. She has been asked to isolate herself at home until Aug. 23 to prevent mosquito bites.

Two colleagues who also visited Miami with the woman have not developed symptoms, the agency reported, and neither have the woman’s family members living in the same home.

This week, a Texas man who visited Miami also returned home with El Paso’s first case of Zika infection, health officials reported.

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