A public health agency has found a locally spread case of the Zika virus in Pinellas County, Florida — in the area around Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Officials at the Florida Department of Health are not giving any more details about the location of the individual in Pinellas County who has Zika, but Tampa is about 300 miles away from Dade County, Florida.

Zika can spread via mosquito bites, sex, and blood transfusions. It can also spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, through the placenta.

Researchers say a mouse study shows the virus could hurt adult patients' brains.

The Florida health department is still testing people around the Pinellas County individual with Zika to see if the virus is spreading in that area.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.