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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  / October 26, 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 four new travel associated cases with three in Broward County and one involving a pregnant woman.

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

There are nine non-travel associated cases all in Miami-Dade County residents:

  • One is a case who had exposure in Wynwood with symptom onset in early August. The department just received confirmatory testing from CDC. This case does not impact the lifting of the Zika zone in Wynwood.
  • One case had exposure in Miami Beach.
  • One case had exposure in Little River.
  • The other six had exposure in Miami-Dade County and the department is investigating where exposure occurred.

Additionally, there is one case who had travel to an area outside of Florida with widespread Zika transmission as well as in Miami, which makes it impossible to determine exactly where exposure occurred. This case is being added to the undetermined category.

 

Number of Zika cases by county

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

  1. Alachua – 10
  2. Bay – 3
  3. Brevard – 15
  4. Broward – 129
  5. Charlotte – 1
  6. Citrus – 2
  7. Clay – 5
  8. Collier – 7
  9. Duval – 9
  10. Escambia – 3
  11. Flagler – 2
  12. Hernando – 4
  13. Highlands – 1
  14. Hillsborough – 26
  15. Lake – 3
  16. Lee – 12
  17. Leon – 2
  18. Manatee – 4
  19. Marion – 3
  20. Martin – 2
  21. Miami-Dade – 244
  22. Monroe – 5
  23. Nassau – 1
  24. Okaloosa – 3
  25. Okeechobee – 1
  26. Orange – 88
  27. Osceola – 30
  28. Palm Beach – 40
  29. Pasco – 8
  30. Pinellas – 19
  31. Polk – 28
  32. Santa Rosa – 1
  33. Sarasota – 5
  34. Seminole – 22
  35. St. Johns – 4
  36. St. Lucie – 6
  37. Volusia – 10
    • Total cases not involving pregnant women  - 758
      • Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms – 115

Data as of Oct. 26, 2016 - 4:03 PM ET

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DOH continues door-to-door outreach and targeted testing in Miami-Dade County 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 areas in Miami-Dade County.

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 – 758
  • Non-Travel   Related Infections of Zika – 180
  • Infections   Involving Pregnant Women – 115
  • Out of State Cases (not Florida Residents) – 19
  • Undetermined   - 6
    • Total - 1,078

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The department is currently conducting 12 active investigations. The department has closed 33 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.

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  • Current Number of Active Investigations: 12
    • Miami-Dade County:
      • 8 open investigations
    • Palm Beach:
      • 1 open investigations
    • Unknown:
      • 3 open investigations
        • *Note: Exposure occurred in Miami Beach and overseas in an area with widespread transmission of Zika.
  • Current Number of Closed Investigations: 33
    • Miami-Dade County:
      • 26 closed investigations
    • Palm Beach County:
      • 5 closed investigation
    • Broward County:
      • 1 closed investigation
    • Pinellas:
      • 1 closed investigation
  • Sampling Activities For Active Investigations
    • Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County (Area of Active Transmission)
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 1,064 – 72 – 992 – 0
    • One-square mile area within NW 79th St. to the North, NW 63rd St. to the South, NW 10th Ave. to the West and N. Miami Ave. to the East in Miami-Dade County (Area of Active Transmission)
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 112 – 8 – 99 – 5
    • Palm Beach County – 1 Investigation
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 0 – 0 – 0 – 0
    • Miami-Dade Investigations Outside of Areas of Active Transmission– 6 Investigations
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 30 – 0 – 30 – 0
    • Wynwood Area in Miami-Dade County
        • Note: This investigation is closed, but the department is providing the sampling results below for reference.
      • [Total # of Samples Collected – Positive – Negative - Pending Results]
        • 525 – 33 – 491 – 0

Data as of Oct. 26, 2016 - 3:57 PM ET

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The department has conducted Zika virus testing for more than 9,567 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 8,384 people for active Zika virus and 6,470 for Zika antibodies. At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.

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Keywords: USA; Updates; Zika Virus; Florida.

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