The Florida Department of Health reported an additional seven travel-associated Zika virus cases today, bringing the total cases, pregnant women of not, to 183.
Four of the cases were from Broward County, while Palm Beach County reported two more and Seminole County saw one.
To date, Florida has reported 145 total cases not involving pregnant women and 38 cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms.
In February, Governor Rick Scott directed the State Surgeon General to issue a Declaration of Public Health Emergency for the counties of residents with travel-associated cases of Zika.
To date, there have been 20 counties included in the declaration– Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia.
Late last week, Scott spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Zika preparedness and reiterated the requests that he has continued to make to the federal government to prepare for the Zika virus once it becomes mosquito-borne in Florida. Governor Scott also requested that the CDC provide an additional 1,300 Zika antibody tests to Florida to allow individuals, especially pregnant women and new mothers, to see if they ever had the Zika virus.
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