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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 / August 02, 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 continue to 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 three new travel-related cases today and all are located in Miami-Dade County. Please visit our website to see the full list of travel-related cases.


Number of Zika cases by county

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

  1. Alachua – 5
  2. Brevard – 8
  3. Broward – 55
  4. Charlotte – 1
  5. Citrus – 2
  6. Clay – 3
  7. Collier – 4
  8. Duval – 6
  9. Escambia – 2
  10. Highlands – 1
  11. Hillsborough – 10
  12. Lake – 1
  13. Lee – 6
  14. Manatee – 2
  15. Martin – 1
  16. Miami-Dade – 102
  17. Okaloosa – 2
  18. Okeechobee – 1
  19. Orange – 40
  20. Osceola – 18
  21. Palm Beach – 18
  22. Pasco – 6
  23. Pinellas – 7
  24. Polk – 12
  25. Santa Rosa – 1
  26. Seminole – 12
  27. St. Johns – 3
  28. St. Lucie – 2
  29. Volusia – 5
  • Total cases not involving pregnant women – 336
    • Cases involving pregnant women regardless of symptoms – 55


Lasted updated: Aug. 2, 2016 - 4pm EST


The department is investigating one new non-travel related infection in Miami-Dade County.

The total number of non-travel related infections is 15 and all are in Miami-Dade and Broward County.




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 – 336
  • Non-Travel Related Infections of Zika – 15
  • Infections Involving Pregnant Women – 55


The new non-travel related infection is located outside of the one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County where the department has identified active transmission is taking place.

The investigation is on-going and the department has begun door-to-door outreach and sampling in the area of the confirmed case.

Mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place.

The department will share more details as they become available.

On Friday, July 29, the department confirmed Florida’s first local transmissions of the Zika virus in four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Three locations of interest were investigated based on where these individuals spent a majority of their time.

Since the department began our investigation into possible local transmissions of Zika on July 7th, more than 340 individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been tested for the virus who live or work near the individuals that have already been confirmed with likely mosquito-borne transmissions.

See breakdown of cases and testing numbers below.

  • One case in Miami-Dade:
    • 54 close contacts and individuals from the community have been tested with no additional positives 
  • One case in Broward:
    • 70 close contacts and individuals from the community have been tested with no additional positive 
  • Two cases in the area of interest in Miami-Dade:
    • tested 26 close contacts, one confirmed and three probable; 52 individuals from the community have been tested, six were positive but asymptomatic
  • An additional 142 individuals in the area have been tested; one was positive but asymptomatic and had recent travel to a Zika-affected area and is considered a travel-related infection


The department tested close contacts and community members within a 150 meter radius, the maximum distance that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are known to travel. These community surveys are the first systematic assessment of individuals for possible asymptomatic Zika virus infection ever performed.

Finding six asymptomatic individuals who were positive for Zika contributes to our understanding of the role these individuals may play in transmitting Zika

The department has conducted testing for the Zika virus for nearly 2,400 people statewide.

At this time, the department still believes active transmissions of the Zika virus are occurring in one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown.

The exact location is within the boundaries of the following area: NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20thStreet to the south. This area is about one square mile and a map is below to detail the area. This remains the only area of the state where the department has confirmed there are local transmissions of Zika. If investigations reveal additional areas of likely active transmission, the department will announce a defined area of concern.

In the area where active transmission is occurring, the department continues door-to-door outreach and is gathering samples for testing to determine the number of people affected. Mosquito abatement and reduction activities continue. Mosquito control will be conducting aerial spraying in the area.

The department continues to work closely with CDC. On August 1, the Governor directed the department to request a CDC Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT arrived in Florida today and they will be assisting the department with investigation, sample collection, public outreach and mosquito control efforts.

CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to areas with widespread Zika infection. Florida’s small case cluster is not considered widespread transmission, however, pregnant women are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the impacted area in Miami-Dade County (see map below). If you are pregnant and must travel or if you live or work in the impacted area, protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing insect repellent, long clothing and limiting your time outdoors.

According to CDC guidance, providers should consider testing all pregnant women with a history of travel to a Zika affected area for the virus. It is also recommended that all pregnant women who reside in or travel frequently to the area where active transmission is likely occurring be tested for Zika in the first and second trimester. Pregnant women in the identified area can contact their medical provider or their local county health department to be tested and receive a Zika prevention kit. CDC recommends that a pregnant woman with a history of Zika virus and her provider should consider additional ultrasounds. Additionally, the department will work closely with the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade County to identify pregnant women in the one square mile area to ensure they have access to resources and information to protect themselves. 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 or are being monitored is 55.



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