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Monday, August 1, 2016

Florida Governor Rick Scott has confirmed there are 10 new infections of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. This brings the total of Zika infections up to 14. It is believed all 14 are caused by mosquitoes.

Scott has called on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to send their CDC Emergency Response Team to aid Florida officials in “investigation, research and sample collection efforts in fighting the virus.”

The Florida Department of Health believes active Zika transmissions are still on-going in Miami-Dade County north of the city. They do believe it is only happening in this area. The exact boundaries of where the Florida Department of Health believes the outbreak to be occurring are NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20th Street to the south. It is about one square mile.

The CDC has issued a travel notice to “women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to avoid unnecessary travel to the impacted area that is just north of downtown Miami.

Along with calling for the CDC to send in their Emergency Response Team, Scott and Florida have set up a Zika Virus Information hotline. You can reach the hotline at 1-855-622-6735.

More than 1,650 people in the United States are infected with Zika. The CDC is offering the following advice to prevent infection:

Share this news to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus and let people know what’s happening in Florida.

 

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