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

Subject: Zika Virus, US State of Florida daily epidemiological update.

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 / September 19, 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 is one new travel-related case today in Polk County. Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases.

There are two new non-travel related cases today in Miami-Dade County. One case is associated with the Miami Beach investigation. The department is investigating the other case to determine where exposure occurred in Miami-Dade.

 

Number of Zika cases by county

[County - Number of Cases (all travel related)]

  1. Alachua – 10
  2. Bay – 3
  3. Brevard – 13
  4. Broward – 109
  5. Charlotte – 1
  6. Citrus – 2
  7. Clay – 3
  8. Collier – 6
  9. Duval – 8
  10. Escambia – 3
  11. Flagler – 2
  12. Hernando – 4
  13. Highlands – 1
  14. Hillsborough – 19
  15. Lake – 3
  16. Lee – 12
  17. Leon – 2
  18. Manatee – 4
  19. Marion – 3
  20. Martin – 2
  21. Miami-Dade – 219
  22. Monroe – 4
  23. Nassau – 1
  24. Okaloosa – 3
  25. Okeechobee – 1
  26. Orange – 72
  27. Osceola – 27
  28. Palm Beach – 36
  29. Pasco – 8
  30. Pinellas – 16
  31. Polk – 23
  32. Santa Rosa – 1
  33. Sarasota – 3
  34. Seminole – 20
  35. St. Johns – 4
  36. St. Lucie – 5
  37. Volusia – 8
  • Total cases not involving pregnant women – 661
    • Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms – 86

Data as of Sep. 19, 2016 - 5:00pm ET

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On Friday evening, Governor Scott announced the area of active transmission in Miami Beach expanded to approximately 4.5 square miles from 8th Street to 63rd Street as four new non-travel related cases were identified in the expanded area.

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that following 45 days with no evidence of active Zika transmission, the entire Wynwood zone, which was originally about one square mile, has been lifted.

The department advises residents and visitors in Wynwood to remain vigilant about mosquito bite protection by draining all sources of standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding and wearing bug repellent to help keep Wynwood Zika free.

DOH continues door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Pinellas, Palm Beach and 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.

For a complete breakdown of non-travel and travel-related Zika infections to-date, please see below.

 

[Infection Type - Infection Count]

  • Travel-Related   Infections of Zika – 661
  • Non-Travel   Related Infections of Zika - 85
  • Infections   Involving Pregnant Women – 86
  • Out   of State Cases (not Florida Residents) – 10
    • Total - 842

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The department is currently conducting 10 active investigations. The department has closed 15 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. 

 

Active Investigations

Information on Active Investigations

When a local case of Zika virus is confirmed through laboratory testing, the department conducts a thorough investigation around the case to determine if additional people are infected. The department interviews and tests close contacts and community members around the case. Knowing if additional people are infected helps the department determine if there is a zone where mosquitoes are transmitting the virus. Not every case results in a designation of active transmission in an area.

In some instances, a case of Zika is an isolated incident with no additional people infected. For more information on the department’s testing and investigation process, click here.

 

  • Current Number of Active Investigations: 10
    • Miami-Dade County: 6 open investigations
    • Pinellas County: 1 open investigation
    • Palm Beach: 3 open investigations
  • Current Number of Closed Investigations: 15
    • Miami-Dade County: 13 closed investigations
    • Palm Beach County: 1 closed investigation
    • Broward County: 1 closed investigation
  • Sampling Activities For Active Investigations
    • Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County
      • Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results
        • 1,032 – 39 – 975 – 18
    • Wynwood Area in Miami-Dade County
      • Total # of Samples Collected  - Positive – Negative - Pending Results
        • 521 – 30 – 491 – 0
    • Palm Beach County – 3 Investigations
      • Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results
        • 77 – 1 – 76 – 0
    • Miami-Dade Investigations Outside of Wynwood and Miami Beach – 4 Investigations
      • Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results
        • 1 – 0 – 0 – 1
    • Pinellas County – 1 Investigation
      • Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results
        • 67 – 0 – 64 – 3

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Data as of Sep. 19, 2016 - 6:30pm ET

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The department has conducted Zika virus testing for more than 7,734 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 4,944 people for active Zika virus and 8,452 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: Zika Virus; Updates; USA; Florida.

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