Title: #USA, #Florida: Department of #Health #Zika #Update.
Subject: Zika Virus, current epidemiological situation in Florida.
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Department of Health Zika Update
By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications / March 02, 2017 / Press Release / March 02, 2017 / 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 no new travel-related cases to report today.
Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases by county and year. The department updates the travel-related case chart online each weekday.
There are three locally acquired cases being reported today.
Two are cases that had samples collected in October as part of our ongoing investigation and the department just received confirmatory testing back from CDC. These two cases have been added to the 2016 chart.
The third case reported no symptoms, but screening conducted after blood donation in January showed evidence of a past infection. The department concluded our investigation of this case yesterday. This individual had multiple exposures in Miami-Dade County and likely contracted Zika in 2016.
Because the individual was asymptomatic, it is difficult to determine when infection occurred. Since the first positive sample was collected in January, this is considered our first locally reported case of Zika in 2017.
Florida still does not have any identified areas with ongoing, active Zika transmission.
The total number of Zika cases reported in Florida for 2016 is 1,384. The total number of Zika cases reported in Florida for 2017 is 18.
[2016 - Infection Type - Infection Count]
- Travel-Related Infections Of Zika – 1076
- Locally Acquired Infections Of Zika – 276
- Undetermined – 32
- Pregnant Women With Lab-Evidence Of Zika – 264
[2017 - Infection Type - Infection Count]
- Travel-Related Infections Of Zika – 13
- Locally Acquired Infections Of Zika – 1
- Undetermined – 0
- Pregnant Women With Lab-Evidence Of Zika – 4
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.
It is important for people to remember to take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites while traveling to areas with widespread Zika transmission. The CDC list of these locations is available here.
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 department has conducted Zika virus testing for more than 12,700 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 4,653 people for active Zika virus and 5,152 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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