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13 Dec 2016

#USA, #Florida: Department of Health Daily #Zika #Update (December 13 2016)

 

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 13, 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.

There are three new travel-related cases today with two in Orange and one in Miami-Dade.

There are two new locally-acquired cases today in Miami-Dade County.

The department is investigating to determine where exposure occurred. These cases do not impact the lifting of any previous zone of active transmission in Miami-Dade County.

There is also one case in a Miami-Dade resident who had exposure overseas in an area with ongoing, active transmission of Zika and in Miami-Dade so it is not possible to determine whether the case is local or travel-related. 

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.

The total number of Zika cases reported in Florida as of today is 1,253.

 

[Infection Type - Infection Count]

  • Travel-Related Infections of Zika – 986
  • Locally Acquired Infections of Zika – 251
  • Undetermined  - 16
  • Pregnant Women with Lab-Evidence of Zika – 190
    • Note: these categories are not mutually exclusive and cannot be added together.

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

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The department is currently conducting 6 active investigations. The department has closed 46 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 11,031 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 5,952 people for active Zika virus and 5,430 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; Florida; Zika Virus.

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