Tampa firefighter sick for week before Zika diagnosis

Mike Deeson follows up on his story from earlier in the summer.

Tallahassee, Florida -- A female Tampa firefighter was feeling ill for about a week before she sought treatment for what turns out to be Zika, the first nontravel-related case in the area.

According to the Florida Department of Health, it  has confirmed it has emails -- not yet released -- providing information about  what it did when it discovered the Zika affecting the Tampa firefighter. The Tampa Bay Times made the first public records request for those emails.

The female firefighter, who worked at Fire Station No. 3 on Kennedy Boulevard and Willow Avenue, was feeling ill for almost a week with headaches, joint, a fever and a rash.

In mid-August she went to a doctor in Pinellas County where she lives. The Pinellas Health Department was alerted once blood and urine tests showed the likelihood of Zika.

Meantime, as reported by 10News WTSP last month,  everyone in the fire station was tested but no one came up positive.

The Florida Department of Health had preliminary results on  August 19th and  immediately started spraying the Fire Fighter's neighborhood and around the station where she worked. However, Scott waited until Aug. 23  until the second test confirmed the Zika virus before he shared the information with the public.

Scott has come under recent criticism for not being as forthcoming about the Zika crisis as some health experts say he should be. However the Department of Health says the policy is to wait until the second series of tests confirms the Zika virus before alerting the public.

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