Florida’s ‘Home Grown’ Zika Cases Top 1000
The total number of people in Florida infected by the Zika virus now tops 1,000, state officials say.
A total of 1,014 have contracted the virus since state health officials began keeping the tally, the officials said Wednesday.
That total includes 6 new cases of homegrown Zika and five cases of travel-related virus, they said.
The 5 cases of homegrown virus are linked to Miami-Dade County, and the 6th is associated with Miami Beach, where active local transmission of the virus is taking place.
One each of the travel-related cases occurred in Brevard, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange and Palm Beach counties.
This brings to 153 the number of people believed to have become infected by local mosquitoes, as opposed to those have acquired the virus by traveling outside the US to places where Zika is more common.
“Florida’s small case cluster is not considered widespread transmission, however, pregnant women are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the impacted area in Miami-Dade County,” state officials said in a statement.
In addition to the two new homegrown cases, 733 travel-related Zika infections have been recorded in Florida and 104 involving pregnant women, according to the new report.
There are thousands of travel-related cases of Zika, but health officials are most concerned about homegrown, or locally transmitted disease, which they fear could spread to elsewhere in the US
Officials are monitoring women who become infected while pregnant because the virus causes microcephaly, a particularly devastating congenital birth defect that causes brain damage to the fetus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
In addition, the Florida Health Department said it has conducted testing for the Zika virus for more than 8,975 people statewide.
The Zika virus can make anyone sick for up to a week with the following flu-like symptoms:
- Joint pain.
- Red eyes.
There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus, making prevention essential. Health experts recommend taking the following precautions:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors.
- Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed.
- Use repellents to keep mosquitoes away.
- Use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
- Call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.
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The various leaders; Governor, Health, Agriculture and Tourism Departmental heads in Florida are not being heard in DC, where they appear to be dithering around with the Zika problem. I do feel the leadership team will miss the opportunity to allay tourist fears if they don’t do something soon.”
Mr. Murray recommends for pregnant woman, schools, hotels, airport and cruise lines that each individual be given a VialPaQ daily to ensure no-bites.
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The CDC advises people returning from travel to areas where Zika is present should continue to wear mosquito repellent for 3 weeks.
As ZIka can be sexually transmitted, the agency has published guidelines regarding precautions to take on its website.