The State of Florida is now investigating a possible second non-travel related case of Zika virus, this one in Broward Conty. This comes two days after health officials announced the investigation into a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.

Broward County, Florida Image/David Benbennick
Broward County, Florida
Image/David Benbennick

The department is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will share additional details as they become available.

Zika prevention kits and repellant will be available at DOH-Broward and distributed in the area under investigation. The department is also coordinating with local OBGYNs for distribution of the kits. Zika kits are intended for pregnant women. The department continues to work closely with mosquito control to ensure trapping, reduction and prevention activities are conducted in the area of investigation.

At the direction of Governor Rick Scott, State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip has requested that CDC provide assistance in our investigation and response efforts by sending a medical epidemiologist to Florida to help our continued investigation into possible non-travel related Zika infection.

Residents and visitors are urged to participate in requests for blood and urine samples by the department in the areas of investigation. These results will help the department determine the number of people affected.

Residents and visitors are reminded that the best way to protect themselves is to prevent mosquito bites through practicing good drain and cover methods.