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10 places where Floridians are catching Zika

The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread Zika are native to Florida.

Central Florida is now up to two Zika cases.


The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed Brevard County’s first Zika case. The virus was caught while traveling to Haiti.

For Central Florida, that means there are two local cases: Osceola County has one confirmed cases of Zika, acquired while traveling to Puerto Rico.

Zika is a mild virus, with most people never showing symptoms. But scientists in Latin America fear the virus may be causing an increase in microcephaly, a severe birth defect.

So far, all of Florida’s 22 Zika cases were caught while traveling abroad. Here’s a list from the Florida Department of Health on where Floridians are contracting Zika:

  • Venezuela
  • Nicaragua
  • Colombia
  • Haiti
  • Brazil
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • El Salvador
  • Costa Rica
  • Puerto Rico

The news means Brevard will now be added to the list of counties with a declared state of health emergency. Brevard officials vowed to increase mosquito control efforts.

 


WMFE is a partner with Health News Florida, a statewide collaborative reporting on health care.

Health reporting on WMFE is supported in part by AdventHealth.

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Abe Aboraya

About Abe Aboraya

Health Reporter

Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »

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