Florida health officials reported an additional two new Zika cases in Miami-Dade County and Orange County. This brings the total to 28 cases in 10 counties.
Health officials say all cases are travel-associated. There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Florida. None of the confirmed cases involve pregnant women.
It was announced today that State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong will testify before the United States Congress Transportation and Public Assets Subcommittee on Wednesday. Dr. Armstrong will discuss Florida’s response and preparations to the Zika virus based on CDC guidance to ensure residents and visitors are safe.
Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico, but not elsewhere in the United States. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.