Health officials in Florida reported today two additional travel-associated Zika virus cases, bringing the total to 18 to date.
The newest cases were from Miami-Dade and Lee Counties.
Miami-Dade has seen the most with seven cases, while Hillsborough and Lee Counties have reported three a piece.
Health officials emphasize that all 18 cases are imported, no local transmission has been reported.
Governor Rick Scott announced that the CDC will host a conference call today with Florida health care professionals – including OB-GYNS, doctors and those who work with pregnant women – on how Zika is spread, its symptoms, treatments and proper precautions.
Last week, Governor Scott directed the department to purchase 4,000 test kits for active Zika virus. Florida currently has the capacity to test 5,104 people for active Zika virus and 1,418 for Zika antibodies.
According to the CDC, 52 travel associated Zika cases have been reported in the US (not including the above two) from 16 states and the District of Columbia.
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