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Florida Zika Update


Last week down in Miami-Dade county, a single new travel-related case of Zika was reported.

Currently, out of 88 reported cases, six in Florida exhibit symptoms. The CDC reports Zika symptoms last between seven to 10 days. The numbers breakdown as follows:

  • Miami-Dade (36)
  • Broward (13)
  • Orange (5)
  • Alachua (4)
  • Lee (4)
  • Osceola (4)
  • Palm Beach (4)
  • Hillsborough (3)
  • Polk (3)
  • Brevard (2)

and a single case each in Clay, Collier, Santa Rosa, Seminole and St. John’s and five cases involving pregnant women.

The DOH also encourages Florida residents and visitors to protect themselves from all mosquito-borne illnesses by draining standing water; covering their skin with repellent and clothing; and covering windows with screens. Florida currently has the capacity to test 6,728 people for active Zika virus and 1,537 for Zika antibodies.

The number for the Zika Virus Information Hotline is (954) 874-8897. Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant are strongly suggested to postpone travel to Zika affected areas. The CDC also recommends that if you have traveled to a country with local transmission of Zika, you should abstain from unprotected sex.