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12 additional travel-related cases of Zika in Florida; 2 in Polk County, 1 in Pinellas

Posted: 4:00 PM, Aug 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-17 16:19:45-04

Florida health officials have confirmed 12 new travel-related cases of the Zika  virus in Florida.

Two of those cases are in Polk County. The other cases are in Palm Beach (2), Broward (1), Duval (1), Lake (1), Martin (1), Pinellas (1), and three involving pregnant women. 

There are also three new non-travel related cases confirmed.

One of the individuals was exposed in the less than one-square mile in Miami-Dade County where DOH believes active transmissions are occurring. The other two new non-travel related infections are located outside of the one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County.

While the department is continuing to investigate areas in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties where local transmissions of Zika may have occurred, the department still believes active transmissions are still only occurring in the area that is less than one square mile in Miami-Dade 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

461

Non-Travel Related Infections of Zika

33

Infections Involving Pregnant Women

63

The department has conducted testing for the Zika virus for more than 3,536 people statewide.

Florida currently has the capacity to test 5,177 people for active Zika virus and 2,853 for Zika antibodies.

Per the Governor’s direction on August 3, all county health departments are now offering free Zika risk assessment and testing to any pregnant woman who would like to be tested.