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One new case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade raises Florida total to 60

In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika has spread rapidly throughout South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. On March 11, Puerto Rico's Health Department reported 201 confirmed Zika cases amid warnings the U.S. territory could face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus. Officials said that 21 of those cases involve pregnant women.
In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika has spread rapidly throughout South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. On March 11, Puerto Rico's Health Department reported 201 confirmed Zika cases amid warnings the U.S. territory could face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus. Officials said that 21 of those cases involve pregnant women. AP

With one new case of Zika virus infection confirmed in Miami-Dade on Monday, the total number of infections statewide reached 60, the Florida Department of Health reported.

Of the cases confirmed in Florida since Feb. 9, four people are still exhibiting symptoms — and the number of pregnant women who have been infected with the Zika virus remains at four.

Pregnant women are at greatest risk because of recent findings establishing a link between an outbreak of Zika in Brazil and a concurrent spike in microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain.

So far, all but one case of sexual transmission in Polk County were acquired by travelers outside the state, the health department reported.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between Jan. 1 and March 9 there were 193 reported cases of Zika virus in the U.S.

Zika is primarily transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquito bites, although the spread of the virus also has been reported through blood transfusions and by men to their sexual partners.

Zika cases in Florida as of March 14

County

Number of Cases

Alachua

1

Brevard

1

Broward

8

Hillsborough

3

Lee

3

Miami-Dade

28

Orange

4

Osceola

3

Polk

2

Santa Rosa

1

Seminole

1

St. Johns

1

Cases involving pregnant women*

4

Total

60

* Counties of pregnant women not disclosed.

Source: Florida Department of Health

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