With additional human West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported in the state of Florida, the Department of Health (DOH) puts the case count at 15 in 2014.

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

The new cases were reported from Clay and Duval counties during the past week.

According to health officials, the state has seen WNV cases from the following counties: one in Alachua (August), one in Clay (October), three in Escambia (July, August, September), two in Duval (August, September), one in Leon (August), one in Marion (October), one in Pasco (August), one in Polk (September) and four in Volusia (August, September) Counties.

In addition to WNV, Florida health officials saw two additional travel associated dengue fever cases, bringing the total to 75. The number of locally acquired dengue remains unchanged at 6.

Twelve cases of chikungunya fever were reported this week in persons that had international travel. In 2014, 383 travel-associated cases have been reported. The number of locally acquired chikungunya cases is still 11.

The one observation concerning the travel associated chikungunya cases in Florida is that the vast majority of new cases reported are in people with a travel history to Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has been seeing a surge in chikungunya cases with the total cases of suspected and confirmed cases at 17,000.

Related: Two Florida children die from influenza

As of November 18, a total of 47 states and the District of Columbia have reported a total of 1,935 cases of West Nile virus disease in people to the CDC.


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