Florida Investigating A Possible Non-Travel Related Zika Case


Florida is investigating a possible non-travel related case of the Zika virus from Miami-Dade County.

Officials announced the investigation Tuesday evening, but did not say whether the virus was spread through mosquitoes or other means.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the case has sparked a epidemiological investigation that is to be conducted by the department and the Centers for Disease Control. Local mosquito control workers also responded to the area.

The Florida Health Department said it will share additional details as they become available.

So far, Florida has reported more than 320 cases of the Zika virus. But all of the patients diagnosed have been infected while traveling abroad, in areas where Zika is more prevalent.

Of biggest concern are the 43 Florida women who are pregnant and have caught the virus, which can produce a severe birth defect called microcephaly that results in an underdeveloped brain and abnormally small head. So far, one woman in Florida has given birth to a baby with microcephaly.

Zika prevention kits and mosquito repellent — strongly recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant — are being distributed in the area and can be picked up at the health department as well.

The Obama administration’s request for $1.9 billion in emergency Zika funding has been stalled in Congress.

According to the Florida Department of Health, people can prevent mosquito bites by draining standing water to stop breeding, cover their skin with clothing or repellent and cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

Health News Florida reporters Sammy Mack and Abe Aboraya contributed to this report.

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