Title: #USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update.
Subject: Zika Virus, current epidemiological situation in Florida.
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 / December 28, 2016 / Press Release / Contact: Communications Office, NewsMedia@flhealth.gov - (850) 245-4111
In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the department issues a Zika virus update when there is a confirmed locally acquired case of Zika.
There are three new travel-related cases today with two in Polk and one in Palm Beach.
Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases by county. The department updates the travel-related case chart online each weekday.
There are three new locally acquired cases today in Miami-Dade County. The department is investigating to determine where exposure occurred. Florida still does not have any identified areas with active Zika transmission.
There are two cases in Miami-Dade County residents who had exposure overseas in an area with on-going, active transmission of Zika and exposure in Miami-Dade County so it is not possible to determine whether the case is travel-related or locally acquired. These cases have been added to the undetermined category.
The total number of Zika cases reported in Florida as of today is 1,286.
[Infection Type - Infection Count]
- Travel-Related Infections of Zika - 1,011
- Locally Acquired Infections of Zika – 256
- Undetermined – 19
- Pregnant Women with Lab-Evidence of Zika – 208
- Note: these categories are not mutually exclusive and cannot be added together.
Florida no longer has any identified areas with active Zika transmission, but we will continue to see isolated cases of local transmission so it is important for residents and visitors in Miami-Dade County to remain vigilant about mosquito bite protection.
The department is currently conducting 5 active investigations. The department has closed 47 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 11,509 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 5,042 people for active Zika virus and 6,610 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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