Florida Zika cases rise to 14, St. Johns and Osceola counties added to list

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The Florida Department of Health released a Zika case count update on Friday and St. Johns and Osceola counties reported one case each, bringing the total cases in the state to 14.

Florida map/National Atlas of the United States
Florida map/National Atlas of the United States

The cases were confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all 14 cases are considered imported, or travel-associated.

In addition, none of the confirmed cases involve pregnant women.

County Number of Cases (all travel related)
Hillsborough 3
Miami-Dade 5
Lee 2
Santa Rosa 1
Broward 1
St. Johns 1
Osceola 1
Total 14

State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong urges Floridians to drain standing water, no matter how seemingly small. A couple drops of water in a bottle cap can be a breeding location for mosquitoes.

According to the CDC, Zika fever illness is generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain. CDC researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and unborn babies exposed during pregnancy.

  • 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.
  • 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; covering windows with screens; and other basic precautions.
  • Yesterday, Governor Scott asked:The CDC to provide at least 1,000 Zika antibody tests so the state can test individuals, especially pregnant women and new mothers, who have traveled to affected areas and had symptoms of Zika. The antibody test allows the state to see if individuals ever had the Zika virus. Florida currently has the capacity to test only 475 people.
  • The CDC to conduct a conference call within the next two weeks to help train Florida hospital workers – especially OBGYN doctors and those who work with pregnant women – on how Zika is spread, its symptoms, treatments and proper precautions.
  • The CDC has yet to fulfill either request.

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