Palm Beach County has been added to the Declaration of Public Health Emergency in the state of Florida after reporting their first travel-associated Zika virus case today.
This brings the state total to 76, all cases are travel associated.
The Declaration currently includes the 15 affected counties – Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Santa Rosa, Seminole and St. Johns.
Countries of origin were: Brazil, Brazil/Bolivia/Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Honduras/Guatemala, Martinique, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
There is a Level 2 (Alert) Travel Health Notice from the CDC for multiple countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, Cape Verde, and Pacific Islands related to Zika virus transmission and a possible association with poor pregnancy outcomes. Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to these areas.
In addition, Florida has reported two additional travel associated dengue fever cases in the past week, this brings the total to 19 this year to date. Counties reporting cases were: Alachua, Broward (3), Clay, Hillsborough (2), Miami-Dade (5), Orange (3), Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Seminole (2).
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