More than a quarter of the travel associated Zika virus cases since January 1, 2015 have been reported in Florida, not altogether surprisingly. The Sunshine state reported two additional cases, the first from Clay and Collier counties, bringing the state total to 75.
The Declaration of Public Health Emergency currently includes the 14 affected counties – Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Santa Rosa, Seminole and St. Johns.
The countries of origin for the travel associated cases include Brazil, Brazil/Bolivia/Peru, Colombia , Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras,Honduras/Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports on 273 cases from 36 states and Washington DC as of Wednesday. Of the 273 travel-associated infections, 19 are in pregnant women and 6 were sexually transmitted
Puerto Rico has reported 317 locally acquired Zika virus cases to date.
Earlier this month, CDC director Dr Thomas Frieden traveled to Puerto Rico to assess the Zika situation. Upon return to the US, Frieden said, “I’m very concerned that before the year is out there could be hundreds of thousands of Zika infections in Puerto Rico and thousands of infected pregnant women.”
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