Florida health officials reported on three new confirmed Zika cases, one in Orange County and two in Miami-Dade County. This brings the state total to 35.
Of the travel-related cases confirmed in Florida, only four cases are still exhibiting symptoms. According to the CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven to 10 days.
Yesterday, it was reported that three pregnant women who have traveled to countries with local-transmission of Zika have received antibody testing and have tested positive for a history of Zika virus infection.
All 35 cases are travel-associated. There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Florida. Countries linked to the travel associated Zika cases include Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti , Honduras, Honduras/Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
DOH encourages Florida residents and visitors to protect themselves from all mosquito-borne illnesses by draining standing water; covering their skin with repellent and clothing; and covering windows with screens.
DOH has a robust mosquito-borne illness surveillance system and is working with the CDC, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local county mosquito control boards to ensure that the proper precautions are being taken to protect Florida residents and visitors.
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