Florida Updates Zika Virus Count

The Florida Department of Health reports an additional four new cases of locally-acquired Zika virus being investigated in Miami-Dade.. All of them were believed to have been infected in the one-square mile of Wynwood area, originally designated as the prime site of the recent outbreak.

The department emphasizes that it “still believes active transmissions are only taking place within the identified area that is less than one square mile in Miami-Dade County.” Currently, there are no active investigations or any indications of active transmission in Broward County, which is immediately north of Miami-Dade.

The FDH also reports the incidence of 14 new travel-related cases of Zika virus infection—four in Miami Dade, three in Orange County (Orlando area), two in Hernando County (St. Petersburg-Clearwater area), one in Broward County, one in Lee County (Fort Myers area), one in Monroe County (Keys area), and two involving pregnant women in un-named counties. These are cases in which the infected person contracted the virus while travelling outside of the U.S.

As the infection-sites remain restricted to the Wynwood area, the FDH and CDC advisories remain unchanged: Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should postpone travel to the impacted area of Miami (Wynwood). And “if you are pregnant and must travel or if you live or work in the impacted area, protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing insect repellant, long clothing and limiting your time outdoors.”

No advisories against travel to other areas of Florida have been issued.

The CDC recommends that healthcare providers should consider testing all pregnant women with a history of travel to a Zika-affected area for the virus. It also recommends that all pregnant women who reside in or travel frequently to the area where active transmission is likely occurring be tested in the first and second trimester.


Need more information? Read about What You Should Do About the Zika Virus.

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