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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 23, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that a locally transmitted case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Pinellas County, on the state's west coast, but officials do not believe mosquitoes are actively spreading the virus in the county, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The new case is the first locally transmitted incident of the virus confirmed outside South Florida. State officials declined to say when or in what part of Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater, the case was discovered.

In a statement, Gov. Scott said, "While this investigation is ongoing, the Department of Health still believes that ongoing active transmissions are only occurring in the two previously identified areas in Lynnwood and Miami Beach."