Florida, CDC Looking Into Two Possible Homegrown Zika Cases

Troy Brown, RN

July 20, 2016

UPDATED July 22, 2016 // Late Thursday, the Florida Department of Health said it was investigating a second Zika infection that did not appear to be related to travel. The second patient is in Broward County, neighboring the first such suspected case in Miami-Dade County. The state said it has asked the CDC to send a medical epidemiologist to assist with its investigation. Few other details were given.

Public health officials in Florida are investigating a laboratory-confirmed case of Zika infection in the Miami area that appears to be unrelated to travel, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

State and local officials in Florida are currently leading the investigation and CDC is closely coordinating with them, according to the CDC statement. The CDC will conduct additional laboratory testing if requested by Florida health officials.

The CDC has anticipated the potential for locally acquired infection in the United States and has worked with state, local, and territorial health officials to prepare for this possibility, according to the statement. Florida officials took part in all planning activities, adding their critical experience with similar mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue and chikungunya, to preparation efforts, the CDC said.

Thus far, the CDC has given Florida more than $2 million in Zika-specific funding and approximately $27 million in emergency preparedness funds to be used for Zika response endeavors.

As of July 13, 2016, 1306 cases of Zika have been reported in the contiguous United States and Hawaii, none of which have resulted from local mosquito transmission. Of those, 14 are believed to have resulted from sexual transmission and one resulted from laboratory exposure.

The three key measures for prevention of mosquito bites are removing sources of standing water, which is where mosquitos lay their eggs; covering skin and using insect repellent; and keeping mosquitoes out of the home.

More information about Zika is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.

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