Floridians will be glad to learn that no new non-travel Zika cases have been reported recently, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported from Tallahassee in the latest of its regular updates.
As of last week, 11 travel-based incidences were recorded: three in Miami-Dade, two in Alachua, two in Orange, one in Duval, one in Monroe, one in Osceola and one in Polk.
DOH advises residents that the incidence of a case does not necessarily mean that active transmission is happening in that locale; rather, it has identified only small areas in each documented area.
The department’s policy is to investigate by sampling infected individuals’ contacts and notifying the public and the media if evidence suggests active transmission. Florida’s current transmission status is not considered to be widespread
To date, the department has tested over 4,020 individuals across the state for the virus. At Gov. Scott’s direction, all county health departments now offer free Zika risk assessment and testing to pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that all pregnant women with recent travel activity should obtain testing. In Florida, the total number of pregnant women who have been monitored stands at 70.
The DOH urges Floridians to take precautions by eliminating standing water outdoors to limit breeding potential for mosquitoes.