Title: #USA, #Florida: DoH Daily #Zika #Update: 17 New #Travel-Related Cases.
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: 17 New Travel-Related Cases
By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications / July 27, 2016 / Press Release / 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 Florida Department of Health will issue a Zika virus update each week day at 2 p.m. Updates will include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep Floridians prepared.
There are 17 new travel-related cases today with three in Palm Beach, two in Brevard, two in Broward, two in Orange, one in Escambia, one in Osceola, one in Polk, one in Seminole and four involving a pregnant women.
According to CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven to 10 days.
The department is expanding its ongoing investigations with two additional possible non-travel related Zika virus cases in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
This pattern is consistent with other mosquito-borne virus investigations, such as the 2013 dengue response.
The investigations into the new cases will begin today and door-to-door outreach and sample collection are ongoing in all cases.
The department will share more details as they become available.
Residents and visitors are urged to participate in requests for urine samples by the department in the areas of investigation. These results will help the department determine the number of people affected.
Zika prevention kits and repellent are being distributed in the areas of investigation, through local OBGYN offices and at both DOH-Broward and DOH-Miami-Dade.
Residents and visitors with questions regarding Zika are reminded to call the Zika Virus Information Hotline at 1-855-622-6735.
CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika affected areas.
According to CDC guidance, providers should consider testing all pregnant women with a history of travel to a Zika affected area for the virus.
CDC recommends that a pregnant woman with a history of Zika virus and her provider should consider additional ultrasounds.
Florida has been monitoring pregnant women with evidence of Zika regardless of symptoms since January.
The total number of pregnant women who have been monitored is 53, with 17 having met the previous CDC case definition.
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and CDC released a new case definition for Zika that now includes reporting both asymptomatic and symptomatic cases of Zika. Prior to this change, states reported only symptomatic non-pregnant cases and pregnant cases regardless of symptoms. This change comes as a result of increased availability for testing in commercial laboratories.
[County - Number of Cases (all travel related)]
- Alachua – 5
- Brevard – 6
- Broward – 55 [*]
- Charlotte – 1
- Citrus – 2
- Clay – 3
- Collier – 4
- Duval – 6
- Escambia – 2
- Highlands – 1
- Hillsborough – 10
- Lake – 1
- Lee – 6
- Manatee – 1
- Martin – 1
- Miami-Dade – 96 [*]
- Okaloosa – 2
- Okeechobee – 1
- Orange – 40
- Osceola – 18
- Palm Beach – 18
- Pasco – 6
- Pinellas – 7
- Polk – 12
- Santa Rosa – 1
- Seminole – 12
- St. Johns – 3
- St. Lucie – 1
- Volusia – 5
- Total cases not involving pregnant women – 328
- Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms* – 53
*Counties of pregnant women will not be shared.
All cases are travel-associated. There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Florida. For more information on the Zika virus, click here.
[*] Two additional cases with no travel history in Zika-affected countries under investigation.
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