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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 / November 18, 2016 / Press Release / Contact: Communications Office, - (850) 245-4111


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 six new travel-related cases today with two in Miami-Dade, two in Volusia, one in Escambia and one in St. Lucie.

There are four new locally acquired cases today. Three are in Miami-Dade County residents and one is in a non-Florida resident. All were exposed in Miami-Dade County and the department is investigating where exposure occurred. One case had multiple exposures in Miami-Dade, including Miami Beach. Because Miami Beach cannot be ruled out as the location of transmission, this case has been added to the South Miami Beach timeline.

Additionally, there is one new case in a Florida resident who had traveled to Miami and to an area outside of Florida with widespread Zika transmission. This case is being added to the undetermined category as the exact location of exposure is inconclusive. 

The total number of Zika cases reported in Florida as of today is 1,188.


[Infection Type - Infection Count]

  • Travel-Related Infections of Zika – 939
  • Locally Acquired Infections of Zika – 234
  • Undetermined – 15
  • Pregnant Women with Lab-Evidence of Zika – 160
    • 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.

DOH continues 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 area in Miami Beach and Little River in Miami-Dade County, see maps 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.

The department is currently conducting 14 active investigations. The department has closed 38 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 10,446 people statewide. Florida currently has the capacity to test 6,399 people for active Zika virus and 5,376 for Zika antibodies. At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments now offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women.



Keywords: USA; Updates; Zika Virus; Florida.