Florida health officials reported two additional non-travel related Zika virus cases, one is associated with the Miami Beach investigation and the other is a Miami-Dade County resident and the department is investigating where exposure occurred.
To date, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has reported 171 locally transmitted cases. In addition, four new travel related cases were reported Tuesday with one in Miami-Dade, one in Orange, one in Volusia and one involving a pregnant woman.
The total travel related infections now stands at 755.
In addition, the DOH received a grant from the Pfizer Foundation for $1 million to support efforts in responding to the Zika virus. One hundred percent of the funds will be used for Zika activities.
“Florida is leading the nation in the fight against Zika and we are grateful for the support the Pfizer Foundation is putting forth to aid us in this effort,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. “It is encouraging that entities like the Pfizer Foundation recognize the need for funding to ensure we are able to continue to protect the pregnant women in our communities.”
Grant funds will be used for assisting with ongoing investigations, education efforts, supplies and response to resident and visitor concerns. The department is using part of the funds to purchase additional laboratory equipment and supplies. We will also be using these funds to purchase Zika prevention kits to distribute in Miami-Dade County.
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