The Florida Department of Health recently released a report in Tallahassee detailing the incidence of Zika virus outbreaks to date in Florida, stressing that all cases were travel-related and none were acquired locally.
With all existing cases contracted through travel outside the state, residents following recommended precautions can remain relatively reassured. Pregnant women or those contemplating pregnancy are advised not to travel to affected areas. The total number of pregnant Floridians being monitored for symptoms as of the end of June was 40, while the grand total statewide not involving pregnant women was 180.
Safety guidelines include environmental management as well as health precautions. Since the mosquito that carries the disease breeds easily in standing water, Floridians are urged to drain outdoor receptacles weekly as well as use insect repellant when outdoors.
Regular updates will include a Zika case count by county, confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, accompanied by information to keep Floridians prepared.
The State Surgeon General, upon instructions from Gov. Rick Scott, activated a Zika Virus Information Hotline for residents, visitors, and anyone planning on traveling to Florida in the near future at 1-855-622-6735. The Department of Health-managed hotline has assisted 2,132 callers since it launched in February.
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