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With the addition of 10 locally transmitted Zika virus infections reported by the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH), the number of non travel associated cases has reached 105.

Aedes aegypti/CDC

Aedes aegypti/CDC

Of the 10 new cases, one is a Palm Beach resident and the department is investigating where exposure occurred; one is associated with the Miami Beach investigation; five are Miami-Dade residents and the department is investigating where exposure occurred and three are cases from July associated with Wynwood that the department just received additional confirmatory test results from CDC.

FLDOH says the latter three are not new cases and they do not affect the lift of the Wynwood zone as all had symptom onset in July.

Six new travel associated cases were reported bringing that total to 689.

90 infections are in pregnant women and 10 are reported in out-of-state residents.

In addition, the Florida Department of Health Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) announced a meeting tomorrow concerning the $25 million in state funds for Zika virus research authorized by Gov Rick Scott.

This funding will be spent for the purpose of Zika research, including: Expediting the development of a vaccine to prevent Zika infection; long-term impacts of Zika virus on children and adults; and the development of innovative, cost-effective Zika testing methods.

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