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Zika Confirmed In 6 New Florida Cases


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The Florida Department of Health today said six new cases of Zika have been confirmed. (Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Six new cases of travel-related Zika were confirmed this week in Florida.

That’s according to the Florida Department of Health, which reported the cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  That brings the number of Florida cases to nine total, none of them in pregnant women. All are believed to be contracted by someone traveling outside of Florida.

The cases confirmed are now in:

  • Miami-Dade County has four cases
  • Hillsborough County has two cases
  • Lee County has two cases
  • Santa Rosa County has one case

The World Health Organization this week called the Zika virus a public health emergency. The virus has been linked to severe birth defects in children, with Brazil the epicenter of the outbreak. Check here for a map of countries with an outbreak.

“Florida has many years of success in containing other mosquito-borne diseases and emerging health threats,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Through these experiences, the department remains ready to protect residents and visitors from the Zika virus.”

 


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Health reporting on WMFE is supported in part by AdventHealth.

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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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