BREAKING NEWS – 10 new local Zika cases in Florida: Miami mosquitoes ‘have now infected 14 people’

Monday, August 1, 2016
By Paul Martin

10 new infections in Miami from local mosquitoes, Gov Scott says
They are in the same one-mile area as the 4 other cases of local infection

1 August 2016

Ten more people have caught Zika from local mosquitoes in Miami, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced.

It means there are now 14 cases of locally-transmitted Zika in the state, the first local outbreak of the virus in mainland America.

The new cases are clustered in the same square-mile neighborhood in Miami-Dade County identified last week.

Florida health officials said in a news release Monday they believe active transmissions of Zika are occurring only in that area.

U.S. health officials do not expect widespread outbreaks of the sort seen in Brazil and Latin America.
Although most people who get Zika don’t know they’re sick, infection during pregnancy can cause babies to be born with small heads and other defects.

More than 1,650 people in the mainland U.S. have been infected with Zika in recent months, nearly all while traveling abroad.

On Friday, after weeks of speculation, Florida health officials confirmed mosquitoes are almost certainly the source of Miami’s recent Zika outbreak.

Three men and one woman were being monitored after contracting the virus despite not having traveled to a Zika-infected region or having sex with a Zika-infected person.

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