Florida health officials reported six new travel-associated cases of Zika in Florida to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Travel-related cases are defined as disease believed to be contracted outside of the state. Florida has reported a total of nine travel-related cases to the federal government.

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While there has been no locally-transmitted Zika cases in Florida, Doctors at the Mayo Clinic said Monday that Florida could see locally-transmitted cases of the virus by the summer. “It’s a warm weather infection so it’s mosquitoes that like to live in warm weather so it’s a question of sometime probably in the summer,” Dr. Vandana Bhide, internist and pediatrician, Mayo Clinic.

While the CDC has not identified Florida as an area of local Zika risk, the Florida Department of Health is closely monitoring imported disease. None of the confirmed cases involve pregnant women. Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott and State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong were briefed by the CDC on the status of Zika virus.

“Florida has many years of success in containing other mosquito-borne diseases and emerging health threats,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Through these experiences, the department remains ready to protect residents and visitors from the Zika virus.”