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#USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update (November 9 2016)

 

Title: #USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update.

Subject: Zika Virus, daily epidemiological update by Florida Dept. of Health.

Source: US State of Florida Department of Health, full page: (LINK).

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Department of Health Daily Zika Update

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications / November 09, 2016 / Press Release / Contact: Communications Office, NewsMedia@flhealth.gov, (850) 245-4111

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Tallahassee, Fla.

In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the department will issue a Zika virus update each week day. Updates will include a Zika case count by county and information to keep Floridians informed and prepared.

In order to keep the public informed, the department has posted our investigation process here.

As a result of a change in the CDC national case definition for Zika, the department is updating the daily Zika update to match Florida data published nationally.

There are six new locally acquired cases today. Five are Miami-Dade County residents and one is a non-Florida resident. The department is investigating to determine where exposure occurred.

Additionally, there is one new case in a Florida resident who had traveled to Miami and to an area outside of Florida with widespread Zika transmission. This case is being added to the undetermined category as the exact location of exposure is inconclusive.  

The total number of Zika cases reported in Florida as of today is 1,144.

The following is a breakdown of current cases.

Note, these categories are not mutually exclusive and cannot be added together. The pregnant women category now includes travel, locally acquired and undetermined cases.

All categories include non-Florida residents. Non-Florida residents who acquired Zika in Florida are in the locally acquired category.

Non-Florida residents who acquired Zika outside of Florida, but were diagnosed in Florida are included in the travel-related category.

Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases by county.

 

[Infection Type - Infection Count]

  • Travel-Related Infections of Zika – 915
  • Locally Acquired Infections of Zika – 217
  • Undetermined – 12
  • Pregnant Women with Lab-Evidence of Zika  - 143

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DOH continues door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Miami-Dade counties and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place around the locations that are being investigated. DOH believes ongoing transmission is only taking place within the identified area in Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County, see map below.

One case does not mean ongoing active transmission is taking place. DOH conducts a thorough investigation by sampling close contacts and community members around each case to determine if additional people are infected. If DOH finds evidence that active transmission is occurring in an area, the media and the public will be notified.

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The department is currently conducting 14 active investigations. The department has closed 35 investigations. Information regarding the investigations can be found here. If investigations reveal additional areas of active transmission, the department will announce a defined area of concern.

The department has conducted Zika virus testing for more than 10,118 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 7,149 people for active Zika virus and 5,813 for Zika antibodies. At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments now offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

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Keywords: USA; Updates; Zika Virus; Florida.

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